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Underbelly: 10 Things - Action

Wendy Kelly
Wendy Kelly
#109 in a series of wild and precious encouragements to just start.

  1. TWIL (This Week I Learned)
This week I contemplated action.
That Jacqueline Novogratz admonition to “Just Start”.
Our family reconvened yesterday evening and in the rehashing sessions what I noticed was how “the vibe was high” to quote Canada’s junior freeride head judge and poet Jeff Holden.
And also, there were regrets, should haves, what ifs, etc.
2. Quote
“Purpose does not reveal itself to those sitting safely at the starting block.” – Jacqueline Novogratz
“If I can create the minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.” — Bessie Coleman (see hero, below)
3. Prompt
What I noticed in the room the other night was uncertainty.
When we take action, we enter into the unknown — to get a little dramatic :)
I suppose it depends on what action you take but it seems to me that there is an inversion relationship between certainty and action.
We need to balance stasis and dynamic action / safety and adventure.
I tried this calibration exercise the other day. I wonder if it will be helpful?
I got quiet and imagined myself perfectly still, no movement, no action, no change. I sat in this state until I was profoundly uncomfortable. I then imagine myself taking action where everything changed until, in the same way, I was profoundly uncomfortable. I sat noticing that equilibrium where I had enough safety and enough adventure.
4. Quest
I feel as though we are out of practice much of the time. Isn’t it interesting that no one tells a baby to begin to prepare to walk?
You were that baby once. You knew, you just knew, not only that it was time to walk but you knew what you needed to do to prepare.
I wonder what you are getting ready to do now? I wonder what you need to prepare?
5. Level-UP / Go Deeper
I am aware that no baby prepares to walk in the same way. And no one (I hope) gives advice to babies as they go through their preparations and figure stuff out.
How free babies must feel!
(I wonder how solid you feel this metaphor is :) I am really enjoying it…)
I wonder what you would do to prepare for your next thing if you listened to your inner baby wisdom? <= Maybe?
6. Video —Jeff Holden
Freeride Keep The Vibe High with Jeff Holden and the community
Freeride Keep The Vibe High with Jeff Holden and the community
7. Podcast Episode — Jacqueline Novogratz
How To CHANGE The WORLD with Jacqueline Novogratz | Rich Roll Podcast
How To CHANGE The WORLD with Jacqueline Novogratz | Rich Roll Podcast
8. Poem — I stumbled upon this, an essay by Allen Ginsburg on Leaves of Grass.
Taking a Walk through Leaves of Grass | Academy of American Poets
9. Hero — Seriously Inspirational
10. Connect — Underbelly project consists of a series of Wild + Precious offerings including blog posts, a podcast, courses and this newsletter.
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