I had a conversation with someone recently that helped me to synthesize several ideas that have been "swimming around". The encounter made me more aware of a thought process that I believe is fairly widespread in our lives today, that goes something like this: We are truly inspired and recognize a glimmer of hope for engaging something or someone that will meet an honest need and bring about some healing in our lives, but before we allow ourselves the freedom to approach that place, we shut it down by examining our future performance! I know I've lived this example more than I care to admit. So, are we doomed to continue a pattern of hopes being dashed by the dread of our imagined failure, or is there a way out? Is there a way to break free of a repetitive cycle that leaves us feeling and living empty, unfulfilled and discouraged? I believe there is, and at least some of the time I have walked it out, and it has made all the difference. I encourage us all to stop living so much in the confines of our mind's imagined future, and to listen to the heart's inspiration for right now. What would happen if we took those opportunities available to us in the right now, without examining our future performance? We might find on the other side of the experience that we got to live, truly live in the now for a change. Not having all the answers is actually a precious gift, as we walk through a journey of discovery with our eyes wide open. We may find that all kinds of places on the inside of our adult-selves are reawakened, like a child learning how to play again. Freedom is a mystical thing. It can't be contained or labeled or defined. It is simply lived out moment by moment.