When I was a little girl I loved nothing more than to lie on my cot beside the tiny attic window and look out into the night sky. I didn’t imagine what was out there I knew that the heavens were filled with heavenly bodies and if I listened real close I would hear what secrets they had to tell. It was safe there in that attic room. I read once that if you want to live an exciting life then you will spend half of it terrified. I have learned how really true that is.
Somewhere in the movie, or perhaps it is found in the book, is the quote “the dark side of the rainbow.” We all from time to time experience the “dark side of the rainbow”… Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” I thought I was writing about those terrifying places but maybe I am really writing about change and the ways in which we cope and how each of us has the opportunity to move with ease through the places in our lives that terrify us—those places that terrify are like road blocks laid down to keep us from changing into the person we were meant to be and moving into the life we were meant to live. In different times in our life we are all given a way through--a kind of “yellow brick road,” strewn with guidance-- we just need open enough to hear and summon the courage to be brave enough to follow passed the road blocks.
Henry M. Littlefield’s essay can be found here:
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