Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.” (Author: Sean Ogle)
Driving Off the Beast
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Zora Neale Hurston
It’s easy for me to list all the things I want to do but I’ve left undone. More and more I’m choosing to live life less in the past and more in the now while heading toward the future. My to do list reflects my life. It’s a constant mix of evolving and editing, adding and deleting, endings and beginnings, and changing and staying the same.
Life is a gamble woven with uncertainty. Things change. People change their minds. Seasons come and go. Temperatures go up and down. Pendulums sway to and fro. The only certainty is that time moves forward. The odds of overcoming so much uncertainty is limited, particularly when fear is a mighty aggressor. But I believe odds can be beaten. I watch sports. I’ve seen too many games won when the odds were down and seconds were fleeting. Odds can be beaten with faith, flexibility, and fervor flavored with a lot of self-trust.
There are days when I want to do a lot and achieve little. On those days, I buoy myself up with The Shirelles‘ lyrics: “Mama said there’d be days like this, there’d be days like this my Mama said.” Then I keep moving. Some days fear is a tough temptress. On those days, I just “grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”
One thing I know for certain, when I finally finish my to do list, I’ll probably also be finished living.