“The greatest barrier to success is fear –
fear of change, fear of loss, fear of not being able to progress,
fear of failure.”
I think fear is not such a bad thing. It’s a part of being alive. Something that keeps us from stepping too close to the edge of a cliff or stepping into the middle of a busy highway. Paying attention to fear is rational, sensible and in many ways responsible.
But letting fear take control of moving forward is not a good thing. After all sometimes we need to cross the busy highway to get to a new destination. In that case, we have to be aware of the fear, look both ways for a break in traffic and then go.
I can honestly say that I have made some big leaps through my fears in my life so far. Joining the Navy, leaving the Navy. Joining the Monastery, leaving the monastery. Living on my own, deciding to get married. Each leap meant dealing with a lot of fear.
And almost every time I did make the decision (except for getting married) there was a long period of adjustment when I wasn’t sure I had made the right decision. In fact, sometimes I made a commitment that I was sure was the wrong one. I can still remember a week or two into boot camp thinking this was not the best decision of my life.
But what is the biggest, freeing thing for me about facing fear is that no matter what I will probably live through it.
Most of our fears are not life threatening. They might seem to be, that cold, sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach when we think about it – but usually fears faced lose their power.
Sometimes not. But still we survive and move forward.
At my stage in life I think about the Big Leap into eternity and what that will mean. No idea. I have a lot of “hopes” about it but who knows?
Today’s Three Sunshine (Gratitude) Moments:
1. The end of my book had a good, happy ever after ending. Whew! Thought it wasn’t going to happen.
2. Morning walk without rain
3. Touch of flu but not very bad.
More puzzles Cat and Snowmen puzzles.
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