This is an excerpt from Pema Chodron’s Book The Places That Scare You
It is particularly pertinent to me today
Do I Choose
All too frequently we relate like timid birds who don’t dare to leave the nest. Here we sit in a nest that’s getting pretty smelly and that hasn’t served it’s function for a very long time. No one is arriving to feed us. No one is protecting us and keeping us warm. And yet we keep hoping mother bird will arrive.
We could do ourselves the ultimate favor and finally get out of that nest. That this takes courage is obvious. That we could use some helpful hints is also clear. We may doubt that we’re up to being a warrior-in-training. But we can ask ourselves this question. ” Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear? “