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October 1, 2014 Define Fear

Living Courage (6)     Chances are if you are joining me on this journey, you’ve identified that fear is sometimes (ok often) your friend…

It comes in many forms, sometimes obvious and sometimes vague. Fear may look like: my child is making bad choices and I can’t do anything about it, my husband lost his job and the money is running out, my parent has the big c word (cancer). Those are easy to identify.

Then there’s the other kind: you have to meet new people and you wish you could do something else, you’ve been asked to volunteer for something but feel  ill-equipped, you have a great opportunity but aren’t sure you’ll succeed. Sometimes it’s just change – and change can be scary.

So on day one let’s do first things first: what triggers your fear feelings? Stop long enough to breathe and look out the window and say to yourself “What is it?” No quick answer may come and maybe today is just the admission: fear keeps me from living courageously. Identifying fear is the first step to taking Living Braver steps.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally put a name to my anxious feelings, my dreads, my insecurities – I finally realized the name was: fear. Then I was able to take steps toward brave and begin to leave fear behind.

So today, sometime, somewhere take those few ‘me’ moments and ask… Allow your vulnerable self to be honest…