Risky Business

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“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” ~Ray Bradbury

I think Mr. Bradbury is referring to what I call “survival mechanism” when he speaks of intellect in this way. You might also think of it as your “gremlin” or IBSC—Itty Bitty Sh-tty Committee. You know: It’s the voice in your head (the one that right now is asking, “What voice?”) that tells you that you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t…and shouts disparagingly, “Who do you think you are?!” That voice. It’s the part of you that wants to keep you safe and your life small. Unfortunately, life—one way or another—is inherently risky business, if you want to live a life of purpose, joy and love.

So what cliff will you jump off today and build your wings on the way down? Of course, I’m speaking metaphorically—unless you are properly outfitted with a parachute or hang glider or some other appropriate equipment! I do not want you or your mother calling me and asking why I suggested you jump off a cliff!

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Denise Yamada © 4/2011