Transforming Fear to Joy

New Directions Always Come with Stepping Stones

In December 2010, I chose new directions with the launch of a new website and a new way of being in the world.  With the appearance of these just-in-time stepping stones, I began the journey of tasting each step along this new pathway.   Because the steps were so new, they not only required getting used to but more time to absorb.  In looking back, I am pleasantly surprised at how effortless—yet productive—they were.

In six months, I wrote 50 blogs and 20 poems plus designed new client programs and marketed this new business.  None of this, could I have done alone.  As I told my co-horts, “the days of the solo entrepreneur are over (for the time being).”  The learning curve was ‘straight up’—not really a curve at all.  While I wrote, Charlotte manipulated and managed the content onto the web site and Jeff swam in the abyss of technical and technological quirks.  Collectively we juggled the marketing, which has probably suffered the most.

However, the real story here isn’t how much we learned and accomplished through collaboration, rather it is recognizing the path was always visible with the next step clearly waiting to be chosen.  It only required my present moment awareness to do so.

Poetry has become a way for me to document my journey into the unknown.  Over the next several Friday blogs, I thought I would share these log entries beginning where I began with stepping stones.

Stepping Stones

In yesterdays, I leaped anticipating adventure
Feet never touched down, and
Life’s trustworthy net always caught me.

Then, I learned to touch the earth’s textures—

smooth stone,

warm sand,

wild air,

slippery water.

Toes tickled by advancing tides, I stepped
more slowly, one foot in front of the other.

Today, I walk on solid ground
Committed to Life’s dance of the ages
even if one step forward means two back.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll walk on water.

01 February 2011

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Author: Helen Maupin

Helen is passionate about transforming fear into love — from her, for her, for all. She expresses her commitment to transformation through writing poetry, self-awareness and yoga books, co-designing organizations into adaptive enterprises and deepening her daily meditation and yoga practices.


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