When we were young and just trying to make it, fear was more easily disguised as busyness. Our jobs, kids, relationships, all of them were reasons why we could not do something. But, as we have gotten older our relationships do not need to be nurtured quite as much as it once did, the kids are grown and some of us are retired, or winding down in our careers, so why aren’t we doing what we always wanted to do?
I’ve always wanted to travel internationally, but I was unable to do so when I was younger. I retired at the start of a global pandemic so international travel was out of the question. Now, that restrictions are lifting, and international travel may be possible next year, fear has reared its head with a vengeance. I’m not too busy, I can afford it, but I am afraid to be on a plane that long.
My son when he was younger would always tell me to face my fear, and do it, (whatever it is) afraid. His words and a biblical scripture are what I rely on to center me and calm my fears.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” I can not tell you how many times I have recited that scripture when the paralysis of fear has stopped me from the doing that I wanted to do.
Don’t get me wrong, fear is not necessarily a bad thing. Fear is innately in us to help us survive. I’m speaking of an unhealthy fear that stops you from living your life.
I hope you take a few moments to reflect on what you are afraid of and ask yourself if it is a healthy or unhealthy fear, and is it stopping you from living a qualify life.
Be patience with yourself because change is not easy. Life is a journey, enjoy and learn from the twist and turns in the road.
What is it that you are afraid to do, and what are you going to do about it?