on the right track…divine ideas!

Liz Laflamme in her studio

I woke up yesterday morning and really felt inspired to hold a contest on my blog. Within a minute apprehension set in: What would people think? Would they think it was tacky? Would they feel it was somehow shallow? I knew what my motives were…it felt like a “divine idea” which to me is just an idea that pops into consciousness and feels good (fun, adventurous, an answer to a prayer …there is a knowing about it…until the head takes over and starts to analyze it. Then, instead of “divine” it can start to feel “dumb”). Divine ideas are always for our expansion, but expanding also comes with fear of the unknown.

I started writing anyway….wasn’t sure it would be published but I have found that if it isn’t right, the energy around it will fall away (I am aware that not all of my ideas are divine… some really are dumb and those don’t, hopefully, go anywhere). Sometimes  though, I cannot tell, so I start. There is a wonderful quote by Will Rogers, “You may be on the right track, but you are going to get run over if you don’t move.” There comes a time in life that we must push out from the shore, so to speak,…leave the safety of staying small, trying to guess what other people want/need instead of listening to our own inner voice, if we are going to live bigger lives and become who we are meant to be.

The day before my “contest blog”  I had just met (and gotten my hair cut by) Liz LaFlamme. I walked into her salon and she shouted a very friendly, arms-wide-open greeting…like she had known me forever. I instantly liked her.  She was working on someone’s hair when I arrived and was talking about going to New York City to a past life regression seminar. The woman in the chair said she wasn’t really interested (and her body language was showing it too) in that stuff, but it did not change Liz. She didn’t apologize for thoughts or her interests…she was just being herself, and that is no small thing in a world that likes to get people into “manageable” little boxes!

…and I think that as long as we are alive we will all be unfolding…coming out of little boxes, that we didn’t even know we were in until we had a dream…an idea…a hope or wish that seems to just spring up. Happy springing to everyone today!!



13 thoughts on “on the right track…divine ideas!”

  1. Dear Mary,
    I love your blogs and try to not miss a single one. I would like to share them with my Facebook friends occasionally but don’t know how. In the meantime, please keep writing! A lot of us out here need to hear what you have to say.

    1. Kathy B. to share on FB, click on that FB icon seen on this page, or cut and past the URL (at the top of the page in your browser). Then post it on your profile. If you have enabled such things, then your friends ought to be able to see Mary’s post.

  2. Great post Mary! Now that I am in my 50’s ( closing in on 60) I seem to be doing a lot of “springing up”. I love the metaphor for the season too, those of you living in the northeast must be especially ready to welcome spring!

  3. LOVE Liz, LOVE her studio, LOVE LOVE LOVE her boots! Oh, Mary, these boxes… I think I was put into mine by others’ hands when I was very young. But now I seem to willingly stay in them, thanks to fear. I’ve been in them so long, I don’t know any other walls but those, and I’m terrified to even look out, much less venture out of my box. I detest my box – my fear – yet it’s my comfort. I resent those who put me in here, and resent myself for staying. I actually did step out of it once, for a time, but I carried it with me, and let myself be put back in it after a while. And so here I sit, in my little box, scared but comfortable… but oh, so sad for what might have been, and without much hope for what could be. After 41 years of being told “this is your box, forever!” how do I convince myself otherwise?

    Wow… way too much honesty for 8:33am…

  4. Hi Mary – this is my favorite blog thus far! Right on, sister. There is another great quote by Emerson, “Speak today’s truth loudly and tomorrow’s truth as loudly when it comes”. It’s from his essay “Self Reliance”. I love it because I am such a second-guesser. I so know the feeling of “the divine idea” followed by that “dumb” doubtful feeling. Reminds me of Jon Katz’s fearful former friend, Herman. I call my frightened inner-self “Sadie”. Sometimes when Sadie is trying to make me feel dumb or nervous I tell her to “go talk with Herman, he needs a friend”.

    P.S. for “SuburbanPrairie” – google Mary Oliver’s poem, “Journey”.

    p.p.s. most of us will be buried in boxes – why live in them?

    1. Thanks, Mary Rita, I will! I read Jon Katz’s blog, too, and love that he named his fearful frenemy Herman. I’ve been trying to come up with an appropriate name for mine, but haven’t yet… Well, that’s not entirely true… I’ve called her a word that rhymes with “witch” several times… 🙂

  5. To SP: Bitch is too strong a word for your fearful frenemy. You’ve already given her too much power. You need to find a name thats cute, funny, even endearing. Someone you don’t have to take so seriously. Tell her to go play with Herman & Sadie. They can start a new club: “Fear Anonymous”!

    1. Wow, I hadn’t even thought of it in those terms! I was trying to think of the meanest bitch I ever knew, and give her that person’s name… thankfully, though, I couldn’t remember that person’s name! But you’re right, that gives her too much power. So now I know exactly what I’ll name her – Nellie, for Nelson Mandela, who said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nellie, go play with Herman and Sadie… they need one more for jump-rope! 🙂

  6. Mary: I go to an older version of your hairdresser to have my hair cut. Jeannie is LizX2, but I always come away thinking about something that Jeannie has said that makes me take another look at a topic from a different angle. She also drives a Harley Davidson (bright orange, so fashion this year would think she was with it).
    As I get older, currently at 70 1/2, I enjoy the Jeannie/Liz type persons. They are out there, and in a spot that I often wish I had the courage to be.
    I had two gals who spoke to me at night – Bertha and Beulah. They never met anyone like me before, and I hope I changed them as much as they pushed me into changing my way of thinking.
    Here is a verse – might not have anything to do with this topic in some eyes, but it just came to mind. It was plain, in a plain little frame in a changing room at a Catholic hospital – probably 50 years ago and I remember it still

    There is so much good in the worst of us
    And so much bad in the best of us
    That it little behooves any of us
    To talk about the rest of us.


  7. I’ve named my fear voice, “the goblin of perfection.” It usually shows up when I’m writing. I’ve used EFT on the rest of the stuff.

    Liz is very wise not to ‘own’ that other person’s emotions about a past life seminar. Liz is pretty much liberated enough to feel comfortable being herself.

  8. Hi Mary,

    Im a recent Jon Katz recruit to your blog. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to “tell your story” as Jon would maybe say.

    When your having a bad day, please know that your efforts are heard and appreciated. You bring a ray of light into my life. And I have a pretty good one! 🙂

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