Or Face Everything and Rise…FEAR AND ITS’ ‘MEANINGS’
Early on in my life I felt fearful…I know we all have…whether it was because someone was doing something to make me feel like that or where they made me question my own sanity and decision making skills. It was during those seasons that I felt the most off in my confidence.
I don’t live like that anymore and have been consciously aware to not make decisions based on fear for quite some time. It makes me anxious now to make decisions based on fears that I have.
My daughter and I were talking the other day about how some people do that…live their lives and make decisions based on the fears they feel and she said something that was quite wise and insightful.
“If we live our lives based on the fears we have we are robbing ourselves of the moments of joy our life experiences provide us.”
It’s a beautiful day in the country today as I am sitting on the patio thinking about those moments of joy she was talking about and I can smell the honeysuckle in the air and feel the gentle breeze on my face and hear it quietly rustling the leaves on the oak tree while the birds peek out from behind the leaves and flutter from branch to branch. I think about where I am at in life and think that had we based many of our decisions on the fears we had, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We wouldn’t have done so much or gone after or even come close to realizing our dreams. And, our lives would have resembled more of an existence than the life we live.
To me, that sounds more scary than facing a little fear of the unknown.
When I think about it, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now because starting it was kind of scary and, after all, there was that fear of failure😬
If we didn’t face any fears we had, we would have always lived with the what if’s? I just can’t imagine not living this life we are living now.
Here’s the thing though, I see this saying a lot on social media. FEAR has two meanings: Forget everything and run or Face everything and rise and it’s being posted as if they were opposite choices. While I do ‘get’ what they are trying to convey, I have to say in mine and my hubby’s life and for our kids and their lives, we actually did a little of both. What made us get moving is that we had that mentality of forget everything and just run, just go, have an adventure, experience life. Like my favorite saying when we were first married suggested: “Well it doesn’t matter, I’m moving to Wisconsin” when something didn’t go right. I had no intention of moving anywhere but it felt good to say it and it reminded me that I always had an alternative to whatever it was that was bothering me.
We did run after what we wanted to see our lives look like. And, in doing that we faced everything and rose and life became really good. Better than we ever expected.
In the end, doing both, helped us to really grow and to bloom and to be the BEST version of ourselves and it really has been a wonderful story to tell.
Happy Tuesday everyone☀️💚☀️.
May your day be filled with many splashes of sunshine, caring people, and moments of joy.