The phone call
My Aunt Susan called me two weeks ago about a personal matter. In the middle of the call she congratulated me on some of the major changes happening in my life. She then said, “ Donna I wish I had courage like you!” “I have been living in the same place for 30 years and although I hate it here, I am comfortable.” She went on to say that she has never been able to muster up the courage to leave her home due to her fear of stepping outside of her comfort zone.
I was so shocked that my aunt thought that I was courageous! For those of you who do not know, I am moving out of state and I am starting a new job! I have always wanted to live in New York City. I love the energy, the lights, and the fantasy that all dreams come true in NYC- and now I am actually going to do it! None of these changes have happened without crippling fear, anxiety and wondering if I am making the right choice. I have not allowed fear, however, to be a major part of my equation. I made a conscience decision to place faith where fear normally is, and the results have been amazing!
Faith vs Fear
I guess I am courageous to leave a job I love, a beautiful home in a great neighborhood and all that I know… to venture off to explore an idea or a dream. But I made the decision to be faithful and not fearful. This decision has opened my eyes to new possibilities and a desire to follow the unknown.
I want my daughters to be adventurous and to explore the world without being afraid to uproot their lives and try something new. I want them at any age to understand that they can reinvent themselves!
I thought, if I do not follow my dreams of moving and creating a new path …when will I take the leap? I constantly remind myself that there is no perfect time or situation.
What I have discovered about making decisions based on faith; is that life is so much more exciting and the flow brings much more joy and fulfillment! I still struggle with fear but it doesn’t control me.
The Litany Against Fear
When my 10 year old, Kennedy, was learning to ride her bike she was afraid to fall and my friend taught her The Litany Against Fear. It is powerful and it provides comfort when fear tries to creep inside your mind.
“I must not fear, fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing…only I will remain.”
Consider “walking by faith… not by sight”, the greatest of men and women have changed the world by being faithful.
The Litany Against Fear: http://alcoman.railfan.net/fear.html