One Word 2010 ~ Risk

This is a guest post from Liz at Live Lean Love Life in response to my question “What is Your One Word Intention for 2010?” If you would like to guest post on my blog, please see the guidelines here.


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If there is one word that would sum up my intention for 2010, it would be “risk”.  Say it out loud – “risk, risk, risk”.  It is not an easy word, it doesn’t flow comfortably, it doesn’t sound terribly reassuring but it is a word that represents amazing power.

To risk it all is to surrender to a higher entity and let go.  The most common analogy I can think of is jumping out of a plane.   There’s a risk that the parachute won’t open and you’ll crash and that will be the end as you know it.  However, what if you took the risk and the parachute opened and you could see the amazing landscape around you, amplified by the feeling that something else has taken over your being entirely and is slowly lowering you to Earth.

To be soaring in high flight and getting a panoramic view of the surrounds is like watching your life unfold in front of you.  It’s dizzying in the respects of what is truly possible and easy to marvel in the creation before us. You finally connect with the Earth (the spot on the landscape where your life is currently) and having seen a glimpse of the possibilities, you set off on your path.

Getting to this magical point involves risk – that ability to set aside the safety layer and to embrace what you are meant to do.

Shakti Gawain who has written several books on the area of personal development sums it up more eloquently than I ever could:

“What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.”

“and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin

In 2010, I am going to embrace “risk” with open arms.  I’m curious to see where my dalliances with risk take me.  I have seen good friends take risks and watched amazing things happen to them, wonderful blessings that they did not expect.  The fear of living a half lived life eventually overpowers the fear of letting go and future outcomes – the day eventually comes where change is inevitable…

“and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin.

My journey with risk in 2010 involves unleashing my dormant right (creative) brain.   She is that ballerina that is impatiently spinning around and around who is waiting for me to open the door and let her in.

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