Barbara’s Needles

Adventures in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Commitment and other phobias January 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — barbarasneedles @ 10:09 pm

As I was working on some visual journaling this morning, I happened to read the quote on the side of my starbuck cup.  Now usually, I’m at Peet’s.  Today I had driven a friend to the doctor after she sprained her ankle.  I went to Starbucks to wait for her and get some journaling done that I have been avoiding.  I was doing some guided writing about what sort of tools would help my business and what sort of people I need in my corner.  I realized I don’t have many people in my corner.  I’m a solo practitioner.  My corner is pretty much a stack of books on networking, marketing, creative visualization, and buddhism.  I have encouraging friends for sure, but no life coach, no business coach, and no formal business education other than a class or two in my Acupuncture program.

So, this cup.  “The Way I See It #76”.  It seems as though I was meant to go to this particular Starbucks and get this particular cup.  I’m sorry my friend had to sprain her ankle to get me there.  I’m glad it was a mild sprain and I’m glad that being an Acupuncturist and former running coach, I can help her.

So this is what it says:

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”

I’m a worry wart.  When things get hard, I start looking for the nearest exit route.  In my relationships, my work, my family.  I’m beginning to realize that always looking for the “safety net of an exit route” is derailing my ability to really build a life that I want.  I have to commit now to the path that I have chosen and get on with it.

On that note, I have some back pain to ameliorate.



2 Responses to “Commitment and other phobias”

  1. Catherine Says:

    Barb, I saw that same cup recently and felt the same way, although i currently feel transitory and need to commit either to my old self (stagnation?) or move forward and commit to a new path. Time will tell!

  2. Daniel Weber Says:

    When I was studying martial arts in Japan, the Sensei said that commitment was the willingness to enter into a process without expectation of outcome, just the willingness to see it through to the end

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