Before I delve into this week's blog topic, I want to extend my gratitude to each one of you who has taken the time to subscribe to my site, and for all the individual notes, emails, phone calls, and texts offering encouragement to keep going. This launch may look seamless and breezy from the outside (I admit, my beach photo shoot day was pretty awesome), but every time my hand hovers over my mouse an instant before I click 'publish', my heart catches in my throat and I fight the urge to hit delete.
I will continue to face my fear and keep putting my heart onto the page for one reason and one reason only.
Yes, specifically you.
In essence, although I am writing for everyone, these concepts will apply to your life in some way, shape, or form. I may not get it exactly right every time, but this is my intention, finding the commonalities within our humanity and learning to lift ourselves and others up through tending to our soul.
Take the universal experience of fear for instance. How do you know if it is protecting you or lying to you?
On the one hand, fear will scream at you to not do something because it is trying to prevent you from pain or failure. Therefore, as I continue to share my vulnerabilities and my heart is laid bare for all to see, I guarantee the louder my fear becomes. Yet, these vulnerable posts and content are often the ones others find most comforting. In a sense, when our fear increases in volume, might this be an indicator we are on to something necessary?
On the flip side, there are circumstances in which our fear serves us. It helps us cherish what is in front of us as it reminds us of life's impermanent nature. It also allows us to make choices that keep us healthy and alerts us if there is danger.
I tell the difference between the two by getting as still as possible and asking myself 'in the absence of fear, would my heart want me to do the following ____________'?
When it comes to my writing, the answer is always a thousand times 'yes!'.
Each time we face a fear our courage grows. Each time we choose to keep moving forward, to look for love when surrounded by despair, or carve a path into the unknown, fear loses its power.
The antidote to fear is action.
Let's go change the world.
Inward & Onward
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