Trading Calm for Creation

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“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute.
The good news is there’s no ground.”
– Chogyam Trungpa

The economy is still reeling in my part of the world. I hear stories from time to time that shock me, and my head fills with siren like yells to take cover! The butterflies well up and I start day dreaming about safer solutions.

But are there really “safer solutions”?

In this infinite space where there is “no ground”, why not see what cracks open?

Allow time in your day where “normal” is unacceptable. Stick with situations that make you want to crawl out of your skin – at least a little longer than usual. Step forward when your heart rate flutters in a series of fight or flight impulses. Ask yourself the unallowable and irresponsible questions. Honor your creative impulses and free them from restraint. Do this over and over again as you work to identify new solutions for your business and new opportunities for your work.

I understand the importance of being responsible; of paying the bills, feeding your family, and everything else that demands our attention and respect. Hold onto these parts of yourself, and honor their place in your world.

But in the months to follow, direct some of your time and attention elsewhere. Don’t fall for the intoxicating “old smooth prizes” that promise safety and peace. Think differently about your situation and aspirations. Lean into your fears a bit more than usual, and resist the urge to turn away suddenly from ideas, suggestions, or the unknown to avoid feeling uncomfortable. See if you can sit with the ambiguity of your situation, your challenges, and dreams.

The more you’re able to tolerate the unknown, to seek out uncertainty and risk, the better able you are to dance with the remarkable.



  1. Gurpreet  August 9, 2011

    Thank you David for sharing your perspective. It is different but yet so familiar to me.

  2. GInger  August 9, 2011

    Really fascinating thought and I think it’s spot on!

  3. Thomas Burke Heath  August 9, 2011

    It’s a bold call you lay down David and I love it!

  4. Bonnie Compton  August 9, 2011

    David, thank you for this sweet reminder to “lean into my fears”….I feel that I’ve been doing this more and more lately am so excited about the possibilities. With your business coaching and marketing assistance , I know that I’m on the right path and am looking forward to many remarkable dancing opportunities!

  5. Pam Dyson  August 9, 2011

    Many therapists in my community are giving up during these trying times. That simply means there are more cracks for me to take advantage of! Thanks for the encouragement, David!

  6. Lisa Holland  August 9, 2011

    I hear the worry in some client’s voices. I hear frustration and concern when I talk with my peers, geeze…I feel it myself! But, on the flip side, as I think about David’s suggestion to “lean in,” I realize that most every new and fun idea I’ve ever dreamed up has come from “leaning in” – from thinking about stuff I’d probably not think about when times are smooth and my mind is in some kind of lazy flow.


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