The concern in their eyes is clear. And the bigger question, What? Are you nuts? politely remains unasked. (Many times that is the very question tossing about in my head.)
Seth Godin echoed many of my recent musing in his brilliant post entitled Amplifying the Lizard Brain. (Funny how often his blog is so timely in our lives.)
We humans are a fearful lot and we have to be intentional about quieting the voices of doubt and fear because they are many…..and they are everywhere.
“Nine out of ten times,” I opined to Jay, “People will have a negative reaction to any plans that are unconventional.” I wasn’t bashing anyone…we have wonderful supportive friends and family. But it is human nature to raise an eyebrow when you speak your crazy dreams aloud.
A few hours later, we were in a delightful shop, Birds and Beasleys in Helena. Wandering about, I lingered over a bin of engraved stones. And one caught my eye. Between the rock that said “love” and the one that said “believe” there was one I’d never seen before. Rather unconventional, I thought; I showed it to Jay. It said:
Nine out of ten times
This rock may not have been crying out….but it did whisper strength to my soul.
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
Are all with thee,–are all with thee!
From The Building of the Ship by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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