Have To or Choosing To?

When I was a kid my parents told me, “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.” I’m pretty sure their point was that I could pretty much pick my poison. I could decide to not do what I was told and deal with whatever repercussions that choice brought or I could just suck it up and do what I was told and avoid the punishment.

As I have started trying to use what I want to do as a guide, I have started thinking about that sentence again. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.” If that’s true, that changes the game entirely doesn’t it. I have been reading Martha Beck’s book Steering By Starlight and guess what she advocates! Shut up and listen for your truth. Do what you want. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. True success is only achievable if you are living your true path. Martha tells story after story about people who are living unbelievable lives because they put aside their fear of failure and followed their “North Star”.

I guess I have been doing my own navigating by starlight. Starting my seminars has taught me so much about myself and what I really want in my life. Martha says as this happens you will find synchronicity becomes commonplace. This is what happened as I researched for the next seminar. We will meet on Saturday, June 2nd and the topic will be intuitive painting. We all loved the vision boards so much and wanted to stay creative. I found these videos on You Tube of a woman named Connie Hozvicka doing what she called fearless painting. First of all, I just LOVE her artwork. I checked out the bio on her website and she is running on pure intuition. She went from being miserable painting how she thought she had to, to having her career take off trusting in the painting that she loved.  She now runs retreats and has a sold out teacher training starting this Fall. The thing is she is so alive and bursting with genuine happiness, excitement and passion. It’s enough to make you wonder how much happier you might be if you let go of what you “have to do”.

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