Who You are today is the result of a process of accumulation. From conception to birth you accumulated the "stuff" you needed to take form and enter this world. At this point in your awareness You have accumulated very little. You’ve had need of nothing and you have no use for the concept of “want” or “desire” because You are already a part of everything and share the wisdom that comes with being so connected with Life itself.
When You were born into humanity, You began a journey of harvesting. You’ve harvested sounds, movements, feelings, intuitions and sensual interactions since you emerged from the tranquility of your mother’s womb, through the chaos of leaving your mother’s body and the intrusion of light, noise and touch that overwhelmed your virginal senses at birth.
That’s where our human paths begin to diverge. The environment to which you emerged is the chief determinant of the choices you and your caregivers began to make about your life—your home, your family, the cultural perception of your gender, ethnicity and the traditions that were applied to you from birth (religion, culture, language) and the genetic and developmental traits you began your human journey with—physical and chemical pre-dispositions that become labeled as deficiencies or disease. Perhaps you have freckles, or your eyes aren’t the same size, or you are born without an ear or other appendage. You enter this journey with a different palette to paint from than anyone else.
Then slowly you learn how you are "supposed" to exist among your family and community. You learn acceptable behavior and conformity. You go to school where you are supposed to learn common things and follow a common curriculum. You endure the gauntlet of brutal honesty by your peers, family and even friends about your uniqueness. You make choices about those opinions. For years you ride this train of mixed messages to a standardized test that has the power—along with your performance in school— to determine your access to another level of learning.
Of course this is an oversimplified summary of the first 18 years of our lives. It all leads to this grand assumption: the choices you’ve made so far have made you into Who you are today.
I think it’s a safe assumption. At some point in your journey you harvested something that you questioned. This question made you choose differently and led to a path of your own design. Perhaps you’ve been influenced by a teacher, relative or complete stranger who said words that sparked a curiosity or passion that you’ve deeply invested in. Maybe you’ve avoided it all out of cynicism. Perhaps you feel you've had few choices and carry the flag of a victim.
It’s all a part of YOUR journey. I think we all come to this moment bearing our own experience and collected wisdom about the world we’ve lived in. I'll be writing here about our collective journey into adulthood--how we live, work and belong together; how we inspire one another; and how we can become richer from our differences. I believe that when we dare to live in a childlike defiance of impossibilities--then we will experience the kind of fulfillment we often dream about. Hence the title of this blog: Dare Something Worthy.
In Latin, this is expressed in the phrase "Aude Aliquid Dignum." Dignum is where we draw our word "dignity" from, and hints at our human potential--our possibilities and how we might measure up to our own value. Envision a scale with your potential on one plate and your current state weighing in on the other side--is there a balance? Do you "measure up?" To dare something worthy is to discover what is possible for your life, then turn the possibility into a reality by taking leaps of faith that stretch your evolutionary muscles and add mass and gravitas to your existence.
To be worthy, is to measure up to your potential. Worthiness is the fruit of personal transformation.
We thrive when we're challenged. We flourish when we're at play. As we get older we have much of that childlike spirit flushed out of us for more "serious" work. I triple dog dare you to be a kid again. Play more; hug more; dance more--and usher a wave of transformation into your life. I hope you join me in exploring those transformations each week. I hope you'll share stories of your own.