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  • Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    1. You need to take a first step, to make a commitment. In some circles this is what's known as a leap of faith. But, consider that the Red Sea did not actually part until Moses started crossing it.

    2. Miracles come not a moment too early, not a moment too late. You start in as you have always done, and then realize that this is different. You can't get away with the artifice and subterfuge that worked so well in the past. What is now taking place demands your full attention, honesty and love.

    3. A part of you looks out the frosted window, across the great plain of snow that stretches to the horizon, and you wonder what you are doing risking your life in this remote place,,, this forbidding no man's land of the mind.

    4. At night, you wake up to the sound of wind, and watch the glowing coals in the fireplace until dreams overtake you again. This is the way it goes. One chapter ends abruptly, with nearly devastating finality, and then, just when you are ready to give up, a new chapter opens. You are ready to trust your wings, and fly.

    5. Fortunately we are writing our stories down in a language future generations will not have any trouble reading. They will wonder, of course, if it was really as tidy and sequential. We will not tell them how often we got lost in the labyrinth. Here I am, groping for words which will reach beyond those clichés we have had to endure. I am trying to say something larger than the picnics and polite exchanges that take place along our colorful and shaded summer river banks.

    6. There is a deep fear of being misunderstood - no, wait, I think it goes even beyond that: it is a deep fear of not being heard at all. Trust is so fragile, even when you are the kind of person who lives filled with hope and courage. I keep on, against all odds, even when my world regularly turns upside down.

    7. Was conversation invented to prevent us from looking at each other in silence, eye to eye, attaining that perfect state of communion where computer print-outs of every weather condition are not needed? It is a game that I play, asking these useless questions. What business do I have, wondering what you are thinking?

    8. No, no, we must start over, speak more slowly, open with an aria from a Mozart opera, choreograph the curtain calls.

    9. In another life I was an impressionist painting, and I walked along the seashore calling your name. Now, I write Middle Kingdom hieroglyphs in the snow, hoping that you will see a message there, but will not be able to decipher it. Could this be a symbol for something deeper, a restlessness that runs through our whole society?

    10. Specialization is what's causing it; specialization is why we don't know how to talk to each other anymore. No one can read the whole picture of the way things really are. As I said, it is a matter of commitment. You just have to walk right out there, wearing your heart on your sleeve, calling in all your angels, ready to tell your truth to all who will listen, even as you are reading this now, knowing that a Divine Power will keep you aloft, and will not let you fall.

    (Photograph by Alex at the Grand Canyon, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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