Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Leaving the Nest

Book coverAll too frequently we relate like timid birds who don’t dare to leave the nest. Here we sit in a nest that’s getting pretty smelly and that hasn’t served its function for a very long time. No one is arriving to feed us. No one is protecting us and keeping us warm. And yet we keep hoping mother bird will arrive.

We could do ourselves the ultimate favor and finally get out of that nest. That this takes courage is obvious. That we could use some helpful hints is also clear. We may doubt that we’re up to being a warrior-in-training. But we can ask ourselves this question: “Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?”

From The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, page 7.

One thought on “Leaving the Nest

  1. Pema, your writings have touched me in such a way. I have been so lost and lately I have faced situations in order to move forward head on with the fear becoming less and less. I am learning to let go of things I cannot control and just allow what is going to happen happen.

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