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Saturday, January 1, 2011

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

It's time to open a brand new book. Its pages are blank. I am the author. I can  write anything I want or leave the pages empty. The book is called opportunity. Its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Thus begins another 12 months of the year two thousand and eleven. 365 more chances to get it right this time. Fresh beginnings, renewed positivity, a conscious code of kindness, bold decisions and fearless actions. We've put away all the Christmas decorations, dusted, vacuumed and straightened up the house. It looks uncluttered, clean and shiny. We purged the closets and took boxes of no longer used items over to Goodwill. The line for dropping donations off at Goodwill was 12 cars deep. Apparently a lot of folks have the same idea this time of year. Out with the old. In with the in renewed hopes, ambitions and dreams. 
My husband and I are at a point in life where we are seeking to do something different. We asked ourselves: What would we do if we weren't afraid? If we weren't afraid to fail; afraid to lose money; afraid to get hurt; afraid to be laughed at; afraid to be different; afraid to live like there was no tomorrow? It is fear...more than lack of money, more than lack of power, more than lack of intelligence...that holds us back. Call it insecurity, lack of confidence, false modesty, a sense of inadequacy...that often stops us cold and prevents us from following our dreams. Fear is the great self-induced emotional paralysis. When we are able to analyze our fears and then disengage from our anxiety, we can become liberated and fearless.  It takes courage to believe in yourself. But once we discover our inner strength, it's astounding how quickly we can achieve the confidence to follow our dreams. We become free.
It's not necessarily an easy thing to spread our wings and fly. Often we have to take baby steps rather than jumping off a cliff in hopes we'll immediately soar through the air. But we all have choices to make. Sometimes it's merely an attitude adjustment of shoving our negativity and fears aside and giving ourselves permission to pursue new adventures and more fulfilling lives.    
                      HAPPY NEW YEAR OF ADVENTURES TO ONE AND ALL!              

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Oklahoma Granny said...

Wishing lots of exciting adventures in 2011!

ReformingGeek said...

Happy Fearless New Year to you, too!

Great post but I will NOT be jumping out of perfectly good airplane!


Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Great post and all the best to you in 2011!

Richard Lawry said...

Fear is a paralyzing emotion. There is too much fear and not enough hope. I hope for a great new year and refuse to live in fear

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gayle said...

Can't wait to see what you decide to do in 2011!

Susan Anderson said...

Yikes! Your words definitely inspired me, but not quite that far...


Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

G said...

Skydiving... check

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