Getting Out of Our House

There is a human tendency to build ourselves houses. 

We make them out of our habits, mindsets, proclivities, fears - some powerful material. 

And without even knowing it, we can restrict ourselves to our house, forgetting or fearing other ways of being in the world. 

After all, our house is safe and known. And all the stuff outside it? Wild and untamed. 

But as the poet Hafiz wrote so many hundreds of years ago: "Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions." 

There's a lovely truth in all this, though: the only thing between us and better conditions is a little bit of change. Because any change, no matter the size, expands the walls of our house. 

I went left instead of right on my morning walk. I ordered a tea rather than my old coffee standby. I told a friend, "Thank you, but I'm going to say no," instead of my usual, "I don't have time." I deleted all my podcasts, then tried totally new ones. 

Our low-stakes changes lay the groundwork for higher-stakes changes. They show us, or perhaps remind us that we are capable of expansion. 

And if we expand the walls enough, eventually they may be big enough to hold the whole world. 

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