What are your reasons for not dreaming about your future, and following that dream? Are those reasons excuses? Or, is there something guiding you to not dream?
What were your dream as a kid? You may have had more than one. What’s happened to it? When did you stop dreaming?
I recently wrote an article, Keep Your Values Intact. Interestingly. When I started the article it was about how we settle, settling out of fear. We settle for how we let others treat us, how we don’t stand up for our rights, ourselves, and our beliefs.
As a senior in high school, I learned a lesson about fear, though I couldn’t have told you that was what the lesson was at the time. And the fear was buried within a symptom we usually don’t think to associate with fear.
I wanted to follow up on the article Freedom From Paralyzing Fear with some stories and talking about the feedback I received. More About Freedom From Paralyzing Fear so that you could keep thinking about how this fits into your life, how it applies to your reactions to fear.
In Northern Ireland, there’s a rope bridge that goes from the mainland near the Giant’s Causeway to the tiny island of Carrickarede. When I visited there I was excited to cross the bridge to “get to the other side”. All I knew about it when I decided to go is what I’ve told you so far. It sounded like a fun adventure.
You and I have a problem in common. In fact, all humans share this trait. Some recognize they have it. Others either don’t recognize it or deny they have it.
As a kid, when you were scared of the monster under your bed or in your closet, did your parents turn the light on to show you what was there? What a simple and reasonable response to that fear.
Do you have persistence and resilience in your life? How often do you quit to start over on something else? How often do you stay resolute, no matter how hard the path is, to the end?
Mr. Taylor was my Driver’s Ed teacher. His lessons addressed not only how to be a good driver, but also how to live life. I only recognized his life wisdom long after I graduated and had been driving successfully for decades.