The following is from Brave Part III Confronting Shyness, in the chapter “More, So Much More to Do”
I was in my fifties, struggling hard, seeing some light, glimpsing some essence of people and life. I knew I would see this through and someday not be shy. I had to keep on.
“I learned some powerful dynamics of physical energy quite by accident. San Miguel de Allende is 6,500 feet above sea level, and while walking up the hill to our home, often I had to sit to catch my breath. One time I sat down and found I wasn’t out of breath.
To myself I said, What’s happening? I’ve walked this hill three days in a row and I’m not out of breath. I feel fine. This is incredible. Can it be that the more energy I put out, the more I have within? Having more energy is the key to everything. Imagine resting up all those times in my childhood before an event–now I suspect it just made me weaker. I wonder, is there a snowball effect in everything people do, from physical exercise to showing warmth–the more warmth you give out, the more you will have within? The kinder you are to others, the kinder you will want to be?”
Life is one heck of a big puzzle; the beauty lies in making sense of it. Those who want to be healthy dare not stop.