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Enormous cactus bloom by Laurie Perez with quote by Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel’s quote has truth in it, but I haven’t found it to be true — yet. One giant thing merely leads to another. Expansion is perpetual.

The dream or vision or calling or driving creative intent waking you up at 4am and distracting you throughout the day — it innately has more room to grow. And so you think you’ve done the giant thing… then realize there’s something bigger, grander, stranger, wilder you want to do next.

The part I easily agree with is Maisel’s emphasis on calm as a result of saying yes to that giant thing. Not the calm of complacency or languidly going through the motions, the mental-emotional state that results is calm of a different caliber. The soothing Yin quality of acceptance contains within it the feisty essence of Yang that keeps you awake and active, challenging limits and pushing through.

Calm enthusiasm. Calm frustration. Calm urgency.

Calmly driven, start to finish to start again.

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image collage of the Citadel in Amman Jordan with the vibrant Milky Way rising - featuring a quote from The POWER of Amie Martine

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