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Prisoners of Fear
What makes our palms sweaty when we get up to speak in front of a crowd? What keeps us from going for a promotion? Finding a job that fits our passion? Why don’t we live our passion? What keeps old dogs from learning new tricks?
One word: FEAR. It’s the greatest motivator, right?
What if it didn’t have to be?
Making a Jail Break
I recently read a post that said, “Everyone dies, but everyone doesn’t live.” It is only when we learn to see failure as a key step in the learning process we can conquer our fears and begin to live. We can let go of what was supposed to be and accept what is.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
So break free from fear. Live. Live fearlessly.