Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Resistance to Love...Jump!

I found this quote and thought it would be a good one for the new year:

"Our resistance to love is greater than our resistance to fear...because fear is what we know. Limitation is what we know. It's an odd and bizarre comfort zone. Limitation is our comfort zone because it's what we know. "Unlimited life"...we don't know from "unlimited life". And we think "Well, if I had unlimited possibility I wouldn't know how to behave!" Exactly. You couldn't control it. You wouldn't want to control it."---Marianne Williamson from her tape "Letting Go and Becoming"

I always thought it was strange that I had so much resistance to good things---also called the "fear of success". Turns out it's not as uncommon an experience as I'd thought.

For New Year's Eve 2009, I'm planning on following Chani's lead in selecting a word for the year. Chani read about "Word of the Year" at Rebecca's site, who got the idea from Christine Kane. I like to spend the evening journaling and contemplating the upcoming year. This year I'll do some art as well. I'd pretty much decided to choose the word "Jump", but wanted to be sure...I knew the exact word would come out as I created the art. I'd fooled around with "Boldness" and "Leap", too. Then I read Leah's choice---Leap!---and first I thought, "Darn it!" then I thought, "Whoo hoo, we're just both on the same page!" However, I'll flesh it out a bit more and blog about it here.

~Photos by LoveHubbie Mark


thailandchani said...

Oh, geez! Love the muumuu! :)

That quote really does say a lot. Most of us were taught a meta-narrative of fear - collectively and individually. Yet if we think back, we've always survived everything, haven't we?


Olivia said...

Thanks, Chani, my Hawaii uniform :)

Yes, it does. I keep thinking about it, not sure exactly how it's going to impact me. But it is related to the New Year...

We have indeed survived everything!!

xxoo, O

Kate said...

Leap sounds like a perfect word....
I need to choose another one this year. I had better think quick its almost the new year.


Olivia said...

Kate, It is, right around the corner. Not much time for deliberation!

xox, O

patti said...

I had a mumu just like that when I was ten years old. I lived in Papua New Guinea and the Meri's (PNG women) all wore them. Mine was blue and cream and my sisters was yellow and brown. Ah the memories!

I am still working on my one word sankalpa. Stay tuned!

Great quote - something to think about.

My New Year is a contemplative one like yours - no celebration really & I never make it to midnight!

Happy New Year to you Olivia!

Rick Hamrick said...

My word just arrived, Olivia, as I was finishing my reading of your post.


Olivia said...

Patti, That's very interesting; apparently there are many similarities between your area of the world and nearby Hawaii. I notice as well that your art reminds me so much of Hawaii---something about the style---I wish I could describe it better.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year as you listen!

Happy new year, O

Olivia said...


Yay, I like how you describe it as arriving. SHINE! Perfect, perfect! This year will be a good one, Rick!

Happy new year,