The Soul Connector

The Soul Connector

Reflections and tips on connecting with your soul, understanding the messages from your inner guidance, and enjoying a soul-fully rich and fabulous life...

18 April, 2007

Life on the edge


I was saddened to hear of the death of novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr last week, author of some wonderful novels - like Slaughterhouse-Five, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle and Mother Night. Reading his books has made me laugh out loud many times, and sometimes be greatly moved as well.

One thing that I always liked about Vonnegut was his idiosyncratic style - a truly original and distinctive view of the world. He once said:
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
Isn't that a great attitude? Sometimes it's good to just get out there and challenge yourself and throw yourself wholeheartedly into life.

American baseball player, Vernon Law said:
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
That's certainly real life, isn't it? It can be tempting to hold yourself back because you can't see exactly what's out there on the path ahead. But then you might miss out on making some truly interesting discoveries and learning the most important lessons.

Today, think what about Kurt Vonnegut's approach means for how you're living your life: Are you playing anything a bit too safe? Is there something that you'd really love to do that you've maybe been holding yourself back from trying? Well, why not give it a go? Who knows where the journey will take you?

In the words of another great ball player, Babe Ruth:
Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.

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