"Fear is only as deep as the mind allows" Dostoyevsky
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson
So, because today just happens to be Friday, and because i'm feeling like feeling the fear and doing it anyway, and because i know each step leads to the next and the next, and because i know i don't have to know the "hows" ahead of time, and am trusting that that part will take care of itself, and because i know the power of creating out loud--today, i will begin. This is my baby step.
Every Friday (or sometime during the week) i will, consciously and with intention, do something that scares me/challenges me/takes me out of my comfort zone.
It can be something tiny or big. Something i've been afraid of forever and have put off doing. It can be as simple as making contact with someone i haven't made contact with for a while (due to some small or big fear). Or saying i'm sorry. Or, i love you. It can be taking a tiny little baby step in the direction of what moves/inspires/excites me. Or pausing long enough to hear those whispers that i've been pretending i don't hear. Or slowing down long enough to meditate. Or stepping out the door for a run. It could be quieting my voice and listening instead. It could be posting or submitting that painting or photograph or poem (or comment!) :) that's collecting dust, even if i don't think it's "good." Or writing or speaking those words that are whispering or screaming to be heard. It can be doing something completely out of the ordinary, something out of my comfort zone, just to stir & rattle & shake things up a bit.
I would love for you to join me.
And write about it in the comment section.
In writing about it, you claim it & celebrate it & release it & strengthen your courage & resolve. And in doing all of that, you help others to claim & celebrate & release & strengthen their courage & resolve.
And beautiful lovely things begin to happen.
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson
It would be so much fun to let our lights shine together. To be liberated from our fear.
Don't you think?
Here are some questions I'll be asking myself along the way:
What would i do if i couldn't screw up?
*I'm sure, as i begin this, that there will be reasons i can't always post on Friday (sick kids, travel, unexpected somethings) but i'm going to be soft and compassionate with myself and do the best i can to show up for me. And for you.