“My commitment, actually my passion is to help people become more fully alive”.
Laura B. Young
Having spent my early years in Newfoundland, Canada, I remember well the ferocity of the Atlantic Ocean beating against the rocky cliffs of the shoreline. And there were the birds that flew into and nestled on the barren ledges, hanging on, with their bodies shivering. Some of the birds nestled in places where they would continue to be battered at the mercy of nature’s fury. There might have been a ‘soft place to fall’ just beyond those ledges; however they, like us, stayed, struggled and shivered in scarcity because it was familiar.
None of us really wants to live a life of limitations and struggle, staying safe to the point of dullness. We may dream of a different kind of life; however when it comes to crossing the threshold many of us hesitate or do not find the courage to risk the change. I’ve been there many times, on the ledges of my life’s important junctures, when I found myself clinging to the old. Fraught with fear, when change was absolutely necessary in order to have a fuller, more passionate life, I moved slowly, tenuously forward to get to the next foothold.
I encourage you to come out of the hallway or off the ledges of hesitancies, doubts and fears. Embrace your confusions, accept those parts of yourself that you have pushed down or rejected. With the acceptance of what is hidden you will encounter more of the rich tapestry of who you really are. Take the risk and learn, as you embrace your darkness, you make room for your unclaimed light to shine.
Let the one sweet exquisite gift of yourself unfold. Break out of the little boxes of safety. It is an illusion anyway. We may stay safe for a while but nothing stays the same, so we have to get out of our own way and pick a path. Yes, to have a passionate life, we cannot have it all; we have to pick and choose. There will be paths not taken, and there will be course corrections. Choose what is intrinsic to you, your strength and your gifts to the world. If you do not step off the ledge at some point, you will be blown off; how much better to have chosen. Once you choose, do not feed yourself with rumination, remorse or regret as it is a given that you will make mistakes. Remember, most decisions are not in concrete and you can change your mind. Be less at the mercy of life’s storms. We cannot stop the storms but we can be prepared like a good sailor is prepared to utilize the winds as they unfurl the sails. Find that ‘sweet spot.’
Laura B Young, (LMFT, and CCH) is a Psychotherapist, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, LOA Master Practitioner, author, and a radio show host who draws on thirty years of clinical experience as a Mental Health Professional. In 1992 she established her Private Practice: Life Resource Center.
Specializing in grief resolution, relationship struggles, the challenges of life transitions including early childhood trauma. Laura leads women’s groups with special emphasis on Creativity. She has given many presentations, written numerous articles for local newspapers and regional magazines.
In 2009 she became the “Manifestation Expert” as well as a contributing writer on SelfGrowth.com – the #1 Self-Improvement website on the Internet!
Laura hosted weekly radio shows between 2010 and 2012. In her shows the core message was one of encouragement, all the while nudging her listeners to move out of their comfort zone in order to create a fuller life.
Laura was a contributing author to 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, by Michelle A. Riklan and David Riklan: Published in 2011 by Self Improvement Online, Inc.