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.

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