It is but a Word

“But” is a powerful word. It holds on to just about every worrisome thought that floats through our heads. It hovers at the end of brilliant statements. It holds us back.

How many times have we felt that urge to run, open-armed and openhearted, into an idea that makes our hearts flutter and our mind explore only to come crashing down to earth with a single “but”? I don’t mean to oversimplify the case, there are certainly cases where we stop ourselves from embarking upon something that is potentially harmful. Yet, how many times have we stopped ourselves from really exploring the joy of an idea or impulse or gamble? How many times have we shuttered ourselves away from chasing our hearts and let “but”  rule our decisions?

Let yourself be silently drawn

by the strange pull of what you love.

It will not lead you astray.

 – Rumi –


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