The Yield by Tara June Winch p. 245

For the next few days of my 460 day challenge, I am going to randomly select words of wisdom from the 100s of books that I own. I have always been an avid reader and I also love to refer to books at random to receive the wisdom of the words that are present on the page. May you receive these words with the same joy that I discover in finding them.

Open road, going somewhere, elsewhere – she loved that feeling. She knew that about herself. She knew she loved leaving more than a drink, more than sex, more than hunger, the books. The road didn’t have a caved-in feeling or a hangover, it could have any wonder in the whole world.

The idea of possibility, of being able to dream a different dream, or a future that feels right deep in our bones, often sits alongside our need for security or continued need to numb the pain of life through addiction. Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires. I believe that Mr Mandela was not only speaking about literal death but about the death of the ego. In order to find true freedom, we must relinquish our need to feel in control, to eternally struggle against some unknown enemy within that is often projected into our external world. Only through coming to know and love ourselves through true connection can we even begin to heed the quiet knowing and wise voice of our soul.