“Take a walk outside – it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
In a place where thought meets action, we come to a point existing in rhythm with life. This point is gentle, fragile and capable of altering our lives for eternity. It is on this precipice of decision where the heart must be heard, the soul must speak.
I recall a time when as a child, as many of us will remember, we would have school recess, and the playground was a field of sanctuary away from the classroom. On this playground were games, monkey bars, sidewalks and many other things.
The one game I remember playing most was tetherball.
The ball, in my youth a giant hard bag shrouded in leather, was attached to a pole by a string. The object was to wrap the ball around the pole faster than your opponent, and not get hit by it in the process. It was a fast game once you learned how it was played.
And yet, in this simple childhood memory, I find a truth.
The mind is much like the tetherball. It remains attached to one point, by a string, forever commanded to circle its pole, its motion bound by the force exerted upon it.
We allow our minds to circle one point far too often, rarely stilling the noise and chatter. We become forced by outward motion, forever made to circle our point of origin. Going in one direction, then the other, and always returning to the same point.
This is life without fruit, listless in our endeavors by allowing such actions upon us.
This is the precipice. This is the space where life commands the heart to be heard.
As we all do, when we see ourselves going in circles, pondering and forgetting, moving forward and backward, shifting left then back to right, we must still our loud minds and find the sanctuary as children once more.
We must let the mind become untethered, fly freely and open the eyes of our soul. It is in this moment where we can hear our hearts speak to us, and once again find our direction.
We must leave our point of origin, breaking the tether and setting aloft to find new loves, new ideas and new life.
This is the compass of the heart, and it knows no bondage.
Still your mind, become untethered, and go in the direction of dreams.