Happy New Year everyone! I hope this finds you not with broken resolutions, but rather a heart full of promise and resolve to face the unknown with courage, determination and a passion that will help guide you and direct you throughout the year.
And speaking of courage, I would like to share some timely wisdom by Rollo May, author of “The Courage to Create.” (© 1975)
“Purpose involves all levels of experience. We cannot will to have insights. We cannot will creativity. But we can will to give ourselves to the encounter with intensity of dedication and commitment. The deeper aspects of awareness are activated to the extend that the person is committed to the encounter.”
‘Committed to the encounter.’ And so…I ask you: what does commitment look like to you? How does commitment foster itself as it stands on the precipice of encounter? Commitment is an arduous, selfless task that demands the most and the best of us. It is the subjugating truth of what fuels our purpose, and our desire to answer ‘the call.’ Yet, I suspect that commitment is a discipline we all falter with at one time or another. Commitment is facing the deepest of challenges, and tries us to the ever-nth degree to have us grow our patience and perseverance. And yet, we shun commitment at times. We cower against the dawning of what may be required of us: vulnerability, transparency, and to face the deepest honesty of ourselves. All of our foibles become poignantly bright at times, when we are asked to commit. And then there is labour. Hard work. Long hours. Restlessness. Being overwhelmed. However we know that if we remain committed the results are paramount. This is perhaps where belief kicks in.
When we truly believe that what is calling us is the ‘true thing,’ we are also being called to make momentous changes in our lives, so that we may create a healthy environment in order to commit properly. Time, place and space are paramount. Facing the deep questions of attachment, detachment….letting go is painful.
And – we must leave enough room to wrestle with doubt. Yep! For as I have said often ‘doubt is the philosopher of faith.’ Doubt serves a purpose to enhance our faith. It can pave the path to reason – for doubt has the capacity to offer up many sides of a given situation. But we must be mindful, and very careful not to let ourselves be ensnared by doubt. Rather, a true position would be to step back and look at both, the doubts we have, and into what we put our faith. Commitment asks us to consider all of these many positions. Holding the tension between all of the possibilities is what brings about change in the psyche. When things become ‘both/and,’ and not ‘either/or.’ That’s when and where transformation takes place. Easier said that done. Why? Because it creates anxiety – the waiting creates anxiety. We suffer. And so, we are tempted to take the easier way out. However, we also end up selling out our dreams, our true selves. We vanquish what makes us beautiful – the uniqueness of our soul: and what we have been called to commit to in the world. Not an easy road to face. It is a path that requires patience and perseverance. And faith.
And so I hope this finds you not with broken resolutions, but rather a heart full of promise and resolve to face the unknown with courage, determination and a passion that will help guide you and direct you throughout the year. And may your ability to commit to who you love, what you love, and why you love deepen with every unfolding
challenge that you are called to face. For in this hibernating vista of winter, we are called to consider all of the options, to dwell in the possibilities and to prepare ourselves for the equinox of spring, a time where we can begin to prepare the land, plant our seeds, and determine the pathways of our faith.
There are many of you in this community. I ask you to share your wisdom. Please feel free to leave a thought below and how you feel and what you think about commitment. How do you approach the call? Tell us your story. Our readers would appreciate the insights. We are all here to help each other. Power to your day!