until we live it

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“It so tempting to want the answers before we begin the journey. We like to know our way. We like to have maps. We like to have guides. But we are more like a breathing puzzle, a living gab of pieces, and each day shows us what a piece or two is for, where it might go, how it might fit. Over time, a picture starts to emerge by which we begin to understand our place in the world.
Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time seeking someone to tell us what life will be like once we live it. We drain ourselves of vital inner fortitude by asking others to map our way. At the end of all this stalling, though, we each have to venture out and simply see what happens.”
Until We Live It by Mark Nepo

This excerpt is from The Book of Awakening: Having the Live You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, another book that I find very inspiring and have read multiple times. Each time I read it, I take away something new, something deeper.

I confess. I am definitely one of those people who feels more comfortable when I have some idea about what I might expect. Yet, I also have this inner knowing that it is the mystery in life that speaks to my soul, that makes me come alive, that opens me to joy.


* I took this photo in San Vincente de la Barquera on the Cantabrian coast of Spain.