The Total Who of You

by Carol Hess on February 29, 2012

I guess Leap Day is the perfect day to confess I am not a big fan of leaping. Left to my own devices, I’m a cautious Cancer the Crab who scuttles at and away from things sideways. So cautious, in fact, that I carry my home with me wherever I go so I can quickly retreat to its safety.

But even a crab can change its nature, at least a little bit.  I’m much more of a leaper than I’ve ever been before, probably because I got a health wake-up call that made me realize life was short.  I figured out I could live a whole lot more of that short life facing it head-on than scuttling around sideways.

So I’m only a little bit nervous about this retreat I’m going on next week. It feels like a scary but good leap.  One of those “this could transform my life if only I let it” kind of leaps.  Five days and nights with 40 transformational writers who, I remind myself, are probably just as nervous as I am.

“Transformational writers.” That phrase didn’t exist a year ago. A sign of the times – times that are transformational if we allow them to be.  We are individually and collectively being asked to risk change and break out of those comfy (or maybe not so comfy) cocoons of ours.

Just like the butterfly emerging from its cocoon, your very nature is changing.  What worked for you before, no longer does.  Those self-imposed limits you’ve put on your thinking, feeling, behaving, and being just don’t cut it any longer, now that the whole planet is going through a transformation.

I don’t care what you’ve been hiding behind – your weight, your IQ, your addiction, your wounds, the shape of your little toe – it’s time to come out from behind the excuse and start being the total who of you.

That’s the transformation that’s being demanded and nothing less.  Stepping into the power and light and brilliance that is the total who of you.

by Carol Hess


Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

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avatar Sandi Amorim February 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This call to transform brought up tears Carol. Could be my last day on Maui, but probably more that I resonate with this post deeply. We are always being called to transform (or change, although many people resist that word). The question is do we listen to the call as you are. To resist change is to resist life.


avatar Carol Hess March 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

“To resist change is to resist life.” We have only to look to Mother Nature to know how true your statement is, Sandi. I’m so glad the post moved you. Have a safe trip home.


avatar Shelly Immel February 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Life IS short, no matter how long. May your transformational writer retreat lighten your step and speed your scuttle in the best direction for the total who of you, Carol!


avatar Carol Hess March 1, 2012 at 12:11 am

Thank you, Shelly! :) I’m scuttling just as fast as my little crab legs will take me.


avatar Charlotte Rains Dixon March 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I’m a Cancer, too, and lately I’ve found myself seeking out leaps. It’s weird. Must be that its 2012, or maybe its in the stars for us Cancers, but whatever it is, I like it. I’m going on a retreat to Maui in May and I’m really looking forward to it! Have a wonderful time on yours.


avatar Carol Hess March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

That’s interesting, Charlotte, that you too are a leaping crab these days. However, I think the lily pad you’re leaping on in May (do crabs leap on lily pads — or are they reserved only for frogs?) sounds like much more of a slice of paradise than mine. Maui or Maryland? Hmm. Not much of a contest. Oh well, I’ll try not to be envious and just be glad I’m not the only crab leaping around!


avatar Carol Hess March 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

And what is it about Maui, anyway? First Sandi and now Charlotte.


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