Be Radical. Be bold
"Find something that matters deeply to you and pursue it. Question. Stand. Speak. Act.
Make us uncomfortable.
Make us think."
Terry Tempest Williams
The five habits of the Radical Healer are
Be radical – be willing to be you, to be open to being different, unusual, irregular, unorthodox, uncommon, to not following the mind-her, to fully step up to the metaphorical plate, to say no to the status quo and mediocrity,
Be Bold - be revolutionary, progressive, be a reformer, a revisionist, be someone who tackles organisations, governments, communities, to be more efficient, effective, honest, reliable, acting with integrity
Being radical and bold requires you to demonstrate what you expect of others.
To be a writer, a doctor, a teacher, a mum, a dad, - to be fully YOU, wholly present, is to constantly, steadfastly face the world, embrace it, to open oneself up to what is. To not shy away. To feel fear and embrace that fear — otherwise known as courage — and to find your voice for what feels impossible to say.
Most of us bring only a tiny bit of us to the world each day;
we close down, acting small, thinking we’re no good or
wondering what “l’il ol me” has to offer. In contraction, we
become ill. In expansion, we become well; we take up our
space, we grow, we blossom, we become alive, we become
whole and healthy.
Being healthy and being healed, it’s not just about our
physical and mental emotional health or the absence of
conditions and disease. It is about all of us.
When my younger sister was dying, at the tender age of sixty,
he once turned to me, her face awash with tears, her eyes
filled with sadness, and said: just when I was just getting my
life together. That statement later haunted me, and then
informed me. Who among us doesn’t want to feel, on our
deathbed, that we had just been getting our life together?
How many of us delay living life to the fullest by playing the
waiting game – I’ll wait till I have the right partner, until my
health is better, until I have more money, the best job, in the
right place, have finished my thesis, until, until, until. We
each only have this moment. Live it. Be bold, Be radical.
If you don’t like how your life is, what are you doing to
If you don’t like how the world is, what can your
contribution be to making it a better place for all?
Think of your body system – full of cells. If one cell goes
rogue, it will affect others and pretty soon, unchecked, you
will have some sort of disease – cancer, diabetes, auto-immune
condition and so on.
The world is no different. Each one of us on the planet is a
cell of the World. When we don’t show up in our fullest,
when we atrophy and waste away, when we hide away,
play it small, when we live with negativity and greed, or
engage in acts and thoughts of war and revenge, we are to
the world a cancerous cell. And as we tend to attract to us
people who are on a similar wavelength, we infect the other
cells, or friends, families and neighbours.
This morning I read these words in Terry Tempest
Williams’ Introduction to Wallace Stegner‘s novel,
Crossing to Safety: “Each time I pick up my pen, I feel the
weight of his hand on my shoulder. Be bold, he says.
Be brave. Be true to your birthright, what you recognize
in your heart.”
Find your inner radical healer, be bold, and play your part
in making the world a better place.
And when it comes to your health, happiness, and well-being if conventional medicine and social care is not working, be open to exploring more radical ways to approach your challenges. Be prepared to consider functional and complimentary medicine, be willing to complain and campaign.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
W. H. Murray, Scottish Explorer
Be Radical. Be bold!
Be bold - Be Radical
Be prepared to take risks
Dare to be different
Whilst some of us are maybe meant to follow the crowd,
is that really you?
It’s not the Radical Healer.
Following the crowd and fitting in is overrated, overvalued, and so over there.
Doing what everyone else is doing - blending in, being “in," being “kool” (which is now so uncool I can stand out and use it!) – conforming, trying to be liked or accepted, having people judge you and you then you try to fit into that label, wedging yourself into a box of what society deems normal and acceptable, or falling into the values trap of living according to what success should look like, friendship should look like, best office practice (eg staying late) should look like, based on cultural labels and professional mores —it’s all a recipe for stress, unhappiness, and poor quality health and life.
Find and honour your uniqueness.
Your own USP
Never lose your unique imprint on this world.
All the things that make you different, that make you stand out, that make you special.
Don’t just bring part of you, the bit that wants to fit. Bring ALL of YOU, all the time.
You know you are not here to be the shrinking violet.
Or be cut down by the tall poppy syndrome.
Want to know more?
Then tune in to your intuition.
Your inner voice.
Co-create with God, Spirit, Source, whatever you call it,
Dude, Betsy, Oracle