What have I done, in committing to this pilgrimage?
As I mentioned in my last blog post about Commitment, what I have signed up for is a whole lot of Not Knowing: not being clear about what I have committed to, or what it means to be on a virtual pilgrimage, or what to do (that’s different than how I live my life already).
You regular blog readers will know that it has been a challenge for me, for years, to be consistent in writing and sharing on my blog. Thus, to share an intention to write and sketch, and publish weekly for the 6+ months that it will take me to walk 480+ miles is more than a little intimidating to me.
But a feeling that is equally strong in me is that what I have done is to make a big promise to myself, and to my spirit and soul, to live consciously, as a pilgrim. That appeals to me.
That is what I wanted, in committing to do a virtual pilgrimage. I’m clear about that. What I’m less clear about is what that really means in my day-to-day life; I’m just going to have to live with that uncertainty.
And because it feels like a big commitment, it feels like it is enough to inspire some change in me and in my life.
This commitment feels big enough to make a difference, for me, and maybe by sharing, for others.
Over my 20+ years of being a life coach, I have noticed something that originally felt like a paradox: it is the big goals and aspirations that motivate my clients most.
I would have thought that the big goals and commitments might have been more intimidating (and therefore less effective) than the bite-sized ones, but it turns out that it’s the big ones (the ones that really matter) that are the ones that most inspire action and change.
So: What have I done? I’ve made a big promise to my soul that matters a lot to me. That actually feels good.
What is the big promise that you want to make to your soul?