CRAZY COMMITMENTS

9390288-Cartoon-astronaout-on-the-moon-with-an-American-flag-Stock-VectorThose Put-a-Man-on-the-Moon commitments sound insane at first. On a lesser scale I’ve launched myself into what seemed like Crazy Commitments, but given enough planning and support they have worked miraculously. I have noticed that the ones that are connected to my heart and are in my best interest seem to pull me along on their own momentum once I make the commitment—once I step up to the plate and start the process.

Committing to a life as a professional actress in my mid twenties with no connections and little experience was one of those. “Insane,” my mind said. But what a wonderful career I have had.

Buying a Roadtrek camper van and going around the US by myself at 73 years old was another one—especially as I knew nothing about camping or camper vans when I began. “Insane,” my mind said. But it was a healing, reviving, memorable three month adventure.

Going to Sarasota by myself last winter knowing no one and ending up buying a small villa was another. “Insane,” my mind said. But, I made fabulous friends and found a perfect place for me.

Now, it seems I may be launching into another CC. I came back to CT with every intention to sell the house. I was convinced that my life was over here. But as I went through a massive clean out and “staged” my house, something startling happened. It was as if some mysterious energy began replenishing the house and my life here. My friendships deepened and my workshops in August filled up. Strangely, the house has not sold, so as the months have passed, my heart gets louder. “Find a way to keep the house!” it whispers insistently in my ear.

So, to my utter astonishment, that is what I am doing! I’m researching reverse mortgages to buy out my ex-husband’s half. I am looking into refurnishing the large, private downstairs area to make it suitable for someone to share the house and my expenses.

“Wait a minute,” my mind says rudely awakening me at 3 am. “At your age and with your limited income, you’re going to buy another house having just bought one just months ago?!!!!!” I wake up sweating. “Truly insane,” my fear declares firmly and convincingly.

So in the morning I reread a quote from W. H. Murray that I often use in my workshops: There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.

And as I look back, that has been clearly true. There were many miracles once I took steps and kept moving forward. And, like getting the man to the moon, it took intense and careful planning. One doesn’t just launch oneself at the moon without a plan. Still, the paths to completion have been zig zaggy which required me to always be both committed and flexible by keeping my options open until the way was clear.

Nevertheless, each one brought up a lot of fear and stress. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon said, “Stress primarily comes from not taking action on something that you can have control over. I find as soon as I can identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first email, it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it.”

Steve Jobs recommended meditation to handle stress. Here’s how I combine the two:

  1. I meditate and get present in the morning. That helps me to get clear about what little steps I can take that day (and I try to break it down into very little steps).
  2. I make some of those scary phone calls and write some of those scary emails.
  3. When I have done what I can do, I let go, turn it over to the Big Whatever and do something fun or relaxing. Sometimes I meditate again to clear my head.

That seems to work to keep me afloat in the river of energy that sweeps me along these CC’s. I’m scared a lot, and this may strike people as odd, but what brings up the wildest fear/excitement are the amazing miracles that show up to support my crazy commitments. And W. H. Murray is right. They have shown up.

So. Yeehaw! Here I go! That river current is sweeping me along. We’ll see what happens.

P.S. Because of all the upheaval, the next CREATIVE EXPLOSION workshop has been postponed until Saturday and Sunday October 3 & 4…go to www.TheFourPrinciples.com for more information.

26 thoughts on “CRAZY COMMITMENTS

  1. Bravo Katherine! I am confident that this will work out for you and happy that you will likely be here in the summer.

  2. Another wonderful and inspiring post, Katherine. From what I’ve witnessed, you are the Queen of Crazy Commitments and everything works out so beautifully. It’s been inspiring to watch. I’m so glad you’re deciding to be a Snowbird and spending part of your time in CT.

  3. Hello wonderful friend- wow, am I thrilled to hear this! Now both Arin and I can keep LEARNING! Arin LOVES you and feels sooooo safe with you and this process that you have created!!!!!!

  4. Thank you Katherine for sharing your inspired and inspirational journeys. Your message hits my heart at just the right time-thank you for unknowingly holding my hand as I begrudgingly walk the plank!

    Glad you at be staying in the Northeast. But wherever you go, you will always have a place in my heart.

  5. Well first of all, I most emphatically do NOT want to be removed from this mailing list. Secondly, I offer this by way of affirmation of the work of the Great Whatever: I’m going to France again, leaving September 5, for an event I felt I couldn’t miss in terms of my long-term Joan project. It meant I would not be able to take the September 19-20 Creative Explosion workshop. Now, however, you’ve changed the date. I’ll be back on September 29, so I can attend on Oct. 3-4. Ah, synchronicity! I applaud your CCs. They encourage my own.

  6. How wonderful! I love reading your updates. This also came at such a transitioning time for me. Your courage is encouraging. Commitment is the key. Love and light to you.

  7. Finally just read your blog and was very excited to hear of your Calling to stay in CT!! Sending
    prayers and much love for this to work out, one miracle or many at a time!!! I really loved your workshop and have found so much comfort, inspiration, and companionship in your books as Your experience travels with me. I hope to see you soon Katherine. All the best!
    xoxoxoBeth

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