Living on the Edge…of What?

When you hear about someone “living on the edge” you may get various images in your head.  Some people give it a dramatic interpretation, thinking of the person as adventurous.  For others it means they are right at the edge of the “danger zone” (thanks Kenny Loggins).

But what if it is the edge of something else?  What if the place beyond the edge is somewhere amazing and wonderful?  What if it is where all of our dreams exist?   I think what scares us isn’t what is on the other side, it is the edge itself.  What if “the edge” is actually just fear?  Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of disappointment or even fear of success.

Today a fortune cookie spoke to me.  You know how it usually goes.  You pull out the slip of paper and get a trite saying like “Many friends will be yours” or “Wealth comes in many forms.”  My typical reaction is “this is a fortune?”  I pulled out the tiny strip and read it…then paused…and read it again.

Fortune

Maybe, just maybe, the fear we feel, the anxiety that can overwhelm us, the scariness of the unknown, is just the prelude to the miraculous.  Maybe the next time you face a difficult challenge, or an uncertain future you’ll see it as an opportunity – an opportunity to step towards the miraculous.

About awentherapy

I am Jay Blevins, LMFT (www.awentherapy.com). I am a licensed systems therapist with a private practice in Madison, WI. While I work with individuals and partners around a wide variety of issues, my primary focus in on alternative relationship structures, alternative sex and sexuality, and power dynamics. I am a contributor to various relationship and sexuality blogs and publications and have been a frequent presenter at alternative lifestyle events and psychotherapy conferences.
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