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What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

A few days ago, I wrote about a book called Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway and asked you think about your fears. Today I’m hosting the first-ever Write Tribe Blog Carnival here and asking you this question:

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Do your fears hold you back from being all you can be? I invite you to think about this and share your thoughts by writing a post on your blog and adding the link to the linky at the bottom of this post. If you don’t have a blog, do share your thoughts in the comments.

daisys_400What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?

I answered that question some years back in a post, telling you what I would do if I were brave.

I know I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve fought a lot of my demons and become bolder and more vocal. I’ve learned to fight that inner critic that tells me I’m not creative. I’ve begun to own my creativity, but still have to journey further in this. I’m trying to overcome my me.phobia! 😉

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Another fear I had was of saying ‘no’ to people. I was afraid to be unpopular. Not any more, I’ve taken a stand against people even when it led to my being treated like a leper by some. I knew I had done the right thing and I was not afraid.

One of my greatest fears was to look deeply into some of my relationships. I feared I would realize the truth of how I had been misunderstood and used. I decided to look the other way or pretend that it was not so.

There’s a story about two missionaries who left their compound to walk to a nearby river. As they stood watching the current, they saw a dead body floating downstream. They waded into the water, retrieved the body, dug a grave, and buried it. They then returned to the river and saw two more bodies. After burying them, they returned and saw four bodies. It was then that one turned to the other and said, “Maybe it would be a good idea if we went upstream.”

Yes, like that missionary, I tried to ‘go upstream’ and pretend that I didn’t need to deal with the issues from my past that were affecting my present behaviour and choices.

But realizing that only the truth could set me free, I decided to be brave.  Allowing myself to be honest, acknowledging my past, I was able to forgive and move forward.

This is a continuous process, because our fears don’t disappear overnight, but we have to be brave enough to acknowledge them and move beyond them.

 

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That’s my story. What’s yours? Do share by commenting, writing on your blog and adding your linky here.

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17 Comments

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  2. Sheethal Sheethal August 4, 2014

    A very strong topic to reflect upon and something I have been skipping for long. Loved your me.phobia 😉 I definitely want that phobia! 🙂

  3. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra August 4, 2014

    This is a very good topic to reflect upon. Hope to take it up in the next few days! The me-phobia quote is a great one! I am inspired reading about your journey of conquering your fears. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lisa Scott Lisa Scott August 4, 2014

    thanks for this Corinne, it prompted me to do a post on what I am afraid of 🙂

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  6. Ruchira Ruchira August 2, 2014

    You are a brave soul, Corinne and I dunno how/why we stopped our interaction, but I still admire ya!

  7. Aditi Aditi August 1, 2014

    Me-Phobia!! This will need some introspection! Reading your post makes me feel it is not that difficult to sat Yes to Life and No to your Fears! Thanks for a wonderful prompt!

  8. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando July 31, 2014

    Facing our fears and overcoming them is tantamount to our spiritual growth. Beautifully expressed here, Corinne!

  9. Eloquent Mind Eloquent Mind July 31, 2014

    Your posts never stop to amaze me Corinne. Your earlier post on fear and this one speak volumes for itself. Identifying and acknowledging our fears is the first step and thanks to these posts, I have been able to talk and share about my fears. It helped me understand myself better. Thanks for the wonderful prompt 🙂

  10. LuAnn Braley LuAnn Braley July 30, 2014

    Writing my link-up was … not what I expected. I intended to go in a whole other direction, but sat down at the computer and this idea flowed out of my subconscious onto the keyboard. Go figure. :O)

  11. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend July 30, 2014

    You make me want to sing this song to you – Brave by Sara Bareilles (which I can’t link or I get a too many links error).

  12. Anita Anita July 30, 2014

    Lovely to read this, Corinne.
    Very inspiring.
    It’s so true- “only the truth could set me free”.
    I had written a poem “Freedom” in which I was free when I knew the truth from God…
    Thanks for such a great topic 🙂

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