I’ve too often let fear keep me from doing things I’ve wanted to do. Or perhaps I just just didn’t want to do those things badly enough (though that sounds a bit like “sour grapes” rationalizing to me.)
In more recent years, as my time remaining on this earthly plane continues to shrink, I have grown, and have won my fight with fear far more often than it has conquered me.
I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
Yay! I’m one of your biggest fans, Mrs. P.
I have become braver the older I get
that is so great –
Thank you, Beth. I hope my children and grandchildren learn from my mistakes and at much younger ages than I are able to find the courage to keep fear from holding them back in life.
I still struggle with it but I think that’s good. It’s when I stop struggling that I lose. 🙂
That’s an interesting perspective, Colleen. On the one hand I can see how fear could win if one gives up the struggle, but there’s a part of me that remembers hearing something about struggle being a symptom of not being fully in alignment with our purpose or passion. Your comment has inspired me to give the matter more thought. Thank you for the gift.
Now that makes me think. I know I am still trying to align my purpose AND passion. It feels good when I waiver across that perfect mix of effort, passion, experience and determination for something I truly desire to be doing.
You inspire others just by being. You may be living more of your purpose and passion than you realize, my friend.
Russ….I’m touched by your kindness.