Counselling Psychology | Consultant Psychology | Clinical Supervision

The art of cracking eggs and grabbing life by the balls

It’s Easter Monday, a tranquil, sunny bank holiday, the sun is stroking my skin and as I sit here there is a sense of peace and calmness around me.

To be honest, I don’t know all there is to know about Easter (or indeed Passover, as it happens to fall nearly in the same time frame) but I know it to be about life, death and rebirth on the spiritual side of things, as well as hunting for and eating lots of fun coloured eggs and the wonderful sense of indulgence of being able to eat something that was given up for Lent.

But what is it about eggs, these little symbols of life, that inspire the saying that goes something like “you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs”?

It feels like eggs with their tough shell and precious insides manage to resemble life and the conflict we may experience when we need to come out of our shell, push ourselves forward and step out of our comfort zone; it seems to say that in order to reap the benefits of a life lived fully, we have to take some risks, weigh up our options and finally crack open our protective shell in order to be able to experience the delicious vastness that life has to offer.

Because only when we grab life by the balls, no matter if we feel wobbly and shaken, but only then do we give ourselves the chance for a wonderful omelette at the end! So, take a chance, break out of your skin and lose the shell that may protect you from harm and see that it may also hinder you from living fully.

By letting go of the guard that shields our pounding hearts from hurt and pain and opening ourselves up to the risk of being exposed and vulnerable we also open up to the possibility of feeling fully, experiencing wholly and living well.

So, how will you crack your eggs today and life live well?