Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fly




You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.

- Rumi


My mother recently sent me a card she had saved for me written by my paternal grandmother, Mabel Wildman, in 1979, I was 16 years old that year.  What seemed as totally random were the last two sentences,

Don't be afraid to fly.  It's the only way to go.

Reading those words at any other time of my life I would have thought she meant air travel!  But what did she really mean?  I'm choosing to believe she meant it much the same as my favorite Rumi phrase.



23 comments:

guy said...

When I do the Roundabout 2.0 my workout music contains "The Flight Of Icarus" by iron maiden, Kettlebell workouts remind me of soaring freedom to.

Juci RKC said...

This is a great freefall position :)
Just sayin'.

Diana said...

Haha....if there was a "like" button for blogs, I would totally use it for JuciRKC's comment!!

Juci RKC said...

Diana :)

Tracy Reifkind said...

Guy,

I had never felt like I wasn't free until I became free! Knowing the difference is why I will never give it up.

My kettlebell training has had everything to do with that.

Tracy Reifkind said...

Juci,

Have you jumped out of a plane too? Good-ness! I'm sure it's easier with gravity helping you , but I'll leave that to you guys. Never in a million years...and I'm perfectly OK with it!

Tracy Reifkind said...

Diana,

Totally forgot your crazy ass jumped out of a plane...and posted video!

I'm with you though...but I wish everything, including emai, had a "like" button, lol!

guy said...

I was in the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S Army, for almost 5 years until I was injured doing a Static Line jump, still something to be said about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane ;)

Tracy Reifkind said...

crazies.....

Juci RKC said...

Tracy,
Yes I did jump out of a perfectly good airplane :) several times from 2002 till 2005, until I found out that I apparently have 2 kids therefore I can't spend my entire weekends at the dropzone anymore :)
But as soon as the kids won't claim my company at weekends... up, down, arch, exit!

Papucs orrán Pamutbojt said...

Yes, Juci RKC is jumping. I knew the path to a video document of her usually Hidden Self :-) She's so cool. As always :-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7oZPR5s6fQ&list=UUpGiMHkpqzawtrEYowZulhg&index=32&feature=plcp

Aniko (Hungary)

Tracy Reifkind said...

Judit and Aniko,

OK, nothing, from this point on, will surprise me! And I've been called "hardcore"? Not!

Diana said...

I would have totally hit the "like" button for your response to Cyngergies on your last post!

PS/when one jumps from a plane-it's gotta be put on video, ya know, just in case something happens, the body can be identified! LOL
One of my greatest feelings of peace came when I was 13,000ft in the air!

Mark Reifkind said...

jumping out of functioning airplanes on purpose? ah, no thanks. I have enough problems and I don't like adrenaline that much anymore :))

Mark Reifkind said...

jumping out of functioning airplanes on purpose? ah, no thanks. I have enough problems and I don't like adrenaline that much anymore :))

Juci RKC said...

Anikó,
♥♥♥

Diana,
"... just in case something happens, the body can be identified"
LOL :D
Where's the goddam "like" button?

Rif,
OK. But only one exit of this kind clearly sets the benchmark for Things Worth Worrying About - and likewise the Things Not To Worry About Ever Again :)

And that's cool.

Mark Reifkind said...

judit

I have no problems with the height, or the free fall, etc. just the landing :))

Juci RKC said...
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Juci RKC said...

Rif,
yeah, you're kinda right.
Height doesn't kill the skydiver, it's the ground that might kill :)

Tracy Reifkind said...

I will choose to fly....not fall, or jump, but fly!

And Diana's comment about identifying the body was hilarious!

Maribel said...

Beautiful reminder of our potential. I had completely lost sight of it until about 2 years ago...thank you for that lady!

That's so cool to get a card from your grandmother so many years later.

Juci RKC said...

Tracy,
Flying is cool anyway.

You might also like this:
http://yowayowacamera.com/

Tracy Reifkind said...

Maribel,

You know, we tell out kids this kind of stuff all the time. How special they are and how they can do anything they want in their lives....then what happens?

As young adults we are told we can't just do anything we want to and I think it snowballs from there.

We find ourselves in our 40's, and if we are lucky we start to figure it out again. Tired of being miserable and looking for how not to be.

And then all of this philosophical stuff resurfaces (again, if we choose to feel how lucky truly are). It's never too late to fly.