Hey all my positively optimistic & powerful people!
I’d love to try something new with you all: Fearless Friday! It seems appropriate since I am (slowly, but surely) reading On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life by Arianna Huffington, which was so graciously sent to me weeks ago by Shahidah of the Properly Improper blog. Once I’ve finished the book, I will write a post on it for sure!
Fear is a gift and a curse like so many things in life. Fear can prevent us from hurting ourselves, as in the case of feeling heat when next to a fire. Yet, it can also prevent us from stepping out of our comfort zones to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. The goal of Fearless Friday is to stop allowing fear to infest our dreams; to rise above fear so that it doesn’t hinder us from trying new things or attempting seemingly impossible goals. The only failure is the failure to try.
Each Friday, I plan to share something that I was afraid of at one point during (or throughout) the past week. Then, I would like to leave you all with a quote, picture, song, SOMETHING that will inspire you to be fearless not just on Friday, but throughout your weekend and the rest of the week. I hope to gather inspiration from a vast array of sources. If you have suggestions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please chime in and share whatever encouragement is on your heart to bless the rest of us with whether it be in the comments or on Facebook!
Allowing myself to sink into the bottomless pit of regret. I used to allow myself to wallow in regret all the time. That old temptation to let it creep back in came when someone I loved passed away Wednesday at around 2pm, Uncle Curtis. He was the most loving and giving man that I knew. His favorite greeting was, “Praise the Lord” and he was never without a smile. Instead of letting regret over not visiting him as much as I would have liked keep me down, I smiled and remembered that he was able to meet Little L for the first time a little over a month ago. He couldn’t say much, but I could see the wonder in his gray-green eyes and I could imagine him saying, “Praise the Lord!”
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
If fear doesn’t come from God, where does it come from?