Beyond fear


I’ve been a bit quiet of late, I know. And in many ways I have let fear direct me more than the idea of possibility – to let fear of what might go wrong speak louder than the anticipation of what might go right.

Each of us can choose to live in a world of safety, where nothing much changes – a world that might not be exciting, but at least it’s familiar.. and safe. Dull.. but at least there are no surprises.

But for each and every one of us, there is a call in our hearts to be more, give more, love more, experience more. And there comes a time, as Elizabeth Appell wrote:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

I am certain that each of us get to that point. We can chose to live with the pain, sure.. but wouldn’t it be easier to just.. blossom?

I like what Elizabeth Gilbert says about fear in her wonderful book “Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear”. She recognises that on any journey, both fear and creativity will accompany you. She explains to the fear inside: “There’s more than enough room for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this. Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way. I will respect you, but your decisions will never be followed. You can have a seat. You can have a voice. But you are not allowed to have a vote. You don’t get to suggest detours, you don’t get to touch the road maps. You don’t get to fiddle with the temperature and you sure as hell don’t get to play with the radio. But above all else fear, my old friend – you absolutely, categorically, without question, do not get to drive”.


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