The theme of my week has been fear. I began reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles this week. For those who are unfamiliar with her work, Ms. Bernstein is a life coach who has written several books on happiness, spirituality…basically everything I have been attempting to achieve lately. This book is a slow read. Each chapter will take you through a week at a time, with morning and evening passages to read and little exercises to do. In essence, the book will take six weeks to complete. I’m ok with that. Slow and steady.
This week the book focuses on recognizing and acknowledging fear, and the role fear has in your life. Fear of what? Well, that is all quite a personal question since we all have different fears in our lives. Fear of not having enough financial security, fear of not being loved, fear of…well, you can fill in the blank for yourself. We choose the job we have because we are afraid that if we take a risk on that creative career that we may be broke. We stick with the wrong partner because we are afraid of being alone for the rest of our lives. We play things safe because we have fear of the unknown.
I, for one, am tired of allowing fear to rule my life. I’m ready for these little miracles to start cropping up in my life. I have noticed time and time again how people or situations arise just as I need them. I know in my soul that these things are not coincidence. How many times do I allow my fear to let things slip away? How many times do I ignore that inner voice telling me that something is wrong simply because of my fear of not having a partner in my life? Especially when I look back in hindsight and know what knew all along but was just ignoring all that I saw?
Do you know what I’m afraid of? Living out my life, looking back from my death bed and realizing that I played it safe because of fear. That I didn’t live my life to its potential because I was afraid of the consequences of living the life I truly wanted. That is what I am afraid of.
What are you afraid of?