Fear has a special way of spiraling. It is when I pause and remember the truth of the situation that those fears are put in perspective. The truth usually consists of two aspects: I'm not perfect and I wasn't meant to be, only to do my best. And Life won't give me anything I can't handle so clearly I've got this.
The second one may be harder to believe for some but if you are reading this then you have survived everything life has thrown at you so far. Yes, it may change you or even lay you up temporarily but if you re here you have a one hundred percent success rate so far. Embrace that confidence!
My mom told me, "Everything works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out, it's not the end yet." Sometimes "worked out" doesn't look the way we hoped but that is only because we can't always see the big picture.
So today as I wake from my third nightmare this week I release fighting or trying to "talk myself out of" these fears. I don't need to try to comfort myself by saying most likely none of these will happen and try to just turn down the voice of that fear. For me these fears are a reminder of what I hold truly valuable in life. It is a reminder of what I want to remember to cherish and be grateful for each day. And at this time that triggers some fears to surface. Rather than run or stuff them away I will set my intention to doing what I can to prevent them and know with confidence that whatever comes I will be able to handle it.
The picture above was done by my daughter. I think it is one of my favorite pieces of her art so far. There is a song that I find very reassuring and I have been known to sing it, even out loud, when I am in a situation of fear. It is called The River by Garth Brooks. It says, "I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry, like a bird upon the wind these waters are my sky. I'll never reach my destination if I never try so I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry." We were built strong enough to weather the storms. And with that confidence I will "sail" on.
I'm grateful to allow my fears to surface. I'm grateful to remind myself I am here not because I had a smooth, easy journey but because I am strong enough to handle the bumps, bruises, and turns. I'm grateful to see how the people I love have weathered their journeys and are still going strong. I'm grateful to hear about amazing stories of victory but also just the simple everyday stumbles overcome by average people. I'm grateful to truly believe that we are supported and we are strong enough to handle what comes our way. I'm grateful to allow this confidence to meet my fears. I'm grateful for the song that I connect with so well and the reassurance it gives me. And I'm grateful for my daughter for so many million reasons.
What fears do you hold? How do you embrace your confidence to keep moving forward?
May today remind us we are all strong enough. May we look back and see all our successes not by how they felt or what they looked like at the time but by the proof that we are still here and still living our lives. Have a beautiful day!