We can sit on the fence or we can take the plunge…it’s an ongoing dilemma we face on our journey.
Either is a choice, there’s not a right or wrong about whichever we choose. Doing or not is the same.
However, like all things, our choices have consequences always, so if we choose not to take the plunge then that will have a consequence.
Sitting on the fence seems comfortable and less risky…safe.
Safe leads to suffering though.
Taking the plunge seems risky, but it brings experience and after all, life is about taking mental concepts and realising them through actually creating a real-life experience.
So comfort seems good short-term, but longer-term it is only suffering from not creating the experiences we want. Experiences mentally seem daunting but they lead to joy and other experiences…it’s a chain reaction that sitting on the fence never creates.
One step on the path and then another, that is all it takes, the steps, one at a time. Nothing else, pure focus.
If we focus on that, and that alone, then we are present in the doing of taking the steps and the mind is silent. We put all our energies into now, this moment, real life.
If we focus on the destination, then that is the future, and that involves the mind projecting into the uncertainty of that mind-created fantasy that is the future. Then comes the psychological fear and then that creates the feeling of unease, risk, uncertainty and the ego feels fragile. The mind then does everything to protect the ego, which usually means not setting off down a path. It means no action, just more thought, more fear and so on.
Paths are there in life to any destination that your soul feels to choose, it only takes a step to start, but the mind will stop you if you focus on anything other than taking the first step now.