Saturday, November 26, 2011

Seize the day!: Practice Fearlessness

Seize the day!: Practice Fearlessness: “Expose yourself to your deepest fear, after that, fear has no power, and the fear shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” Jim Morrison The...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Practice Fearlessness

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear, after that, fear has no power, and the fear shrinks and vanishes.  You are free.”
Jim Morrison

There is nothing to be afraid of.
I’ve said these words to my children many times over the years, yet I’ve spent much of my life being fearful. 
My monsters don’t go bump in the night or howl at the moon; my demons have convinced me that I am being judged, and therefore could be deemed a failure. 
Betty Bender says “anything I’ve ever done that was ultimately worthwhile…..initially scared me to death.” 
What would I do if I practiced fearlessness? 
* I would serve banana flambé at dinner parties.
* I would look strangers in the eye, and strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to me on the train.
* I would converse with scholars, not caring whether or not I sounded naive.
* I would be a voice for those who can’t speak, and befriend the misunderstood.
* I would run through the rainforest, and climb Mount Rainer.
* I would wear funky rain boots, and a crazy hat.
* I would stay up late singing karaoke with friends.
* I would be a traveler, a risk taker, a seeker.
* I would say what I mean, and mean what I say.
* I would trust more, and be less suspicious
* I would live in the present. 

What would you do if you weren't paralyzed by fear?  Be fearless.  Be Free.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Power of Kindness

“My religion is kindness”
The Dalai Lama

Today I slept in, breakfast was hand delivered to my door, and the laundry was clean and folded. 
A stranger groomed my dog, I had Thanksgiving dinner with my kids at their school, and the orthopedist treated my daughter like family.    
Never underestimate the power of kindness. 

To receive kindness does us good.  My cohort agreed to take care of classes this morning, and I was able to get some needed rest.   A new friend stopped by with homemade pumpkin muffins, and I received a pleasant respite from my usual peanut butter toast on wheat.   The groomer not only promised to be gentle and patient with my shaggy Rasta pup, but took the time to carefully explain how I should brush and care for her when we returned home.  Even the orthopedist  assured me I did “the right thing” by waiting a day, washing away my pangs of mom guilt.

In his book The Power of Kindness, Piero Ferrucci states that The true benefit of kindness is being kind.  Perhaps more than any other factor, kindness gives meaning and value to our life, raises us above our troubles and our battles, and makes us feel good about ourselves.”
Kind people surround us every day making our lives happier, meaningful and more peaceful.   I’m grateful that today I was especially blessed, and took the time to notice.