The word extravagant leapt out at me today from a passage in Michael Meade’s book, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul.
What calls to us is greater than our little-self and is mostly at odds with the common beliefs and accepted ways of our daily lives.
The problem isn’t a lack of calling; the problem is the lack of following what beckons to us far enough to learn its true nature.
So much of life becomes arranged to obscure and distract from what called us to come to life in the first place.
People easily misplace their deepest longings and tune themselves to someone else’s idea of a life.
Most people remain unwilling to be extravagant enough to wander where their soul would lead them and simply adapt to and endless series of short-term goals.
The true meaning of extravagant
A couple of pages later…Meade defines extravagant:
The dream of one’s life often seems the most extravagant thing one could possibly do and often a dangerous thing to attempt as well.
Extravagant means to “wander outside or beyond,” especially to wander outside the limits and beyond the rules we set for ourselves.
Here are some writing prompts you can use to explore this more:
It would be extravagant to…
The dream of my life is asking me…
Life’s distractions include…
Some rules I set for myself include…
About this image:
Purple tree strung with tin stars. Spotted in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Photo by Lisa Sonora Beam, 2014.