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Every time we create something and share it, we’re the new kid.
We don’t know if we’ll be accepted or liked. We don’t know if our thing will go right or wrong or if what we’re offering will work.
We’re afraid of being rejected by others and maybe most of all by ourselves.
We’re the underdog, the novice, the dark horse. We’ve got more spirit than credentials.
But we’re also too prickly to stay put, we’re too eager to wait to be told it’s time and we’re allowed and we’re the one.
Somehow – despite not understanding all the rules and not knowing exactly the lay of the land or all the implications of what we’ve begun – we’re doing it. We’re bringing it and making it happen.
And somewhere inside our wandering hearts we know we’re the lucky ones. The ones who hold the secret. The ones who spin the magic and bend the light.
Nothing can stop us as long as we keep believing in the integrity of our hunger and the truth of our longing. The world is ours for the taking, everything we want we get. Everything we need is laid bare in front of us to enjoy.
We are beginners – if we’re lucky – over and over and over. The mindset of the beginner is the mindset we must aim to return to everyday in order to keep making art, in order to keep creating from the space of our infinite possibility and expansive potential.
When you are a #beginner you let yourself be clumsy. Quenching your curiosity is worth the bruises. Try to get back to that place every day.
— Allison Marie (@GloryBegin) January 14, 2015
Beginners care more about exploring than posturing. Our curiosity overrules our fear. And despite our innocence and ignorance and scuffed-up, untied sneakers, we’ve been given magnificent wings.
Damn it’s good to be a beginner, no?
They say beginners get ‘lucky’ because they don’t know enough about the game to play it well and somehow their naivety is also their saving grace. As if by chance, by whimsy, by sheer happenstance, the gods chuckle and the new guy wins.
But I don’t believe beginners get lucky for no reason. I don’t even know if I would call their good fortune luck. I’m inclined, actually, to call the invisible force that surrounds the beginner divine.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki
I would call a beginner brave and impressive and alive. I’d say that because she dares to take the first step toward her exquisite potential the great Creator sweeps across light years to welcome her, to support her and guide her.
I’d say though he’s shaking and wet, he’s at his most powerful, open and clever.
It’s a fragile place to be, and a magical one, inside the beginner’s mind.
The beginner doesn’t reign in his dreams, he runs away with them like wolves in the night.
The beginner does it like no one’s watching (because when the hardest work is getting done nobody is). The beginner does art for the sake of the creation itself. The outcome doesn’t matter one half-sliver as much as the visceral pleasure of birthing something never before been seen or heard.
The beginner dares to enter into an experience and stand in it naked.
That right there, guys, is what this new 7-Sunday series called Beginner’s Luck is all about. It’s about getting naked everyday and learning what about our willingness to begin gives us the power to expand into our greatest, most creative, most authentic selves.
Over the next seven Sundays (it has to be seven, of course, because 7 is a lucky number, right? Right.) we’ll talk about how to capture the essence of the beginner’s beautiful mind, the way she looks at the world and what about her vision and perspective gives her a huge advantage toward living the life of her dreams.
These seven truths are the trick to manifesting that sexy sacred energy as often and as fully as we desire.
This is about seven ways to create our own beginner’s luck. Seven simple, fundamental truths about why beginners have all the fun and taste all the glory.
Every time you make a choice to be yourself in a world that wants you to be anything but, you are a beginner. Every time you wake up and decide to make your little way in this wide world centered in love, abundance and gratitude, you are a beginner.
You are a beginning, beloved. In you lies the potential for love to begin, for peace to awaken, for creativity and genius to emerge every single day.
What will you do with that potential? Will you open up to it?
Beginning next Sunday, we’ll talk about that elusive, wild unnameable something that seems to give a beginner wings. If I can swing it, there will be some audio and video, too.
Lastly, my beautiful rowdy rebel angels, it’s worth noting that as if by sneaky design (or luck?), the final post in this 7-Sunday series will drop on St. Patty’s Day weekend. If you live in the U.S. you know this is a festive day indeed; if you are Irish and live in Philadelphia, you know it’s an excuse to parade down Broad Street all green-glitter drenched, drinking green beer and raising a glass to Good Luck and Good Fortune.
There are shamrocks, there are pots of gold, there are rainbows, there is rambunctious cheer.
So you may wish to follow the Beginner’s Luck Series if for no other reason than to ensure that by the time March 17th rolls around, you’ll be the luckiest son of a leprechaun at the end of the bar on the big day. Perhaps we can all meet (virtually) up for a shot of Jameson and toast to our four-leaf-clover-covered beginnings. ;)
What say you, loves.
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