August 12

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 12: “What does it mean if I’m afraid? Does it mean something bad is going to happen?” “No, it doesn’t mean something bad is going to happen. It just means that you have the chance to be brave.” ― C. JoyBell C.

Every time I step out of my fear and into action that frightens me, I transmute my fear into courage. I want to remember that, every time. I can become frozen and victimized by that fear, or I can walk through it into LIFE.

I want to always embrace capital-lettered LIFE. There is so much I have missed in this world, through my fear and listening to the story my stupid Ego tells me. I am way worse than the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, because I don’t always know that I am listening to the voice of denial. It denies my real problems in the world and denies that I exist on any other plane than to be sitting in the midst of some imagined danger ALL THE TIME. What kind of craziness is that?

I have experienced living in that kind of fear. The kind of fear that calls everything I believe about life to come and haunt me. Every evil thing I have feared has been called, by me and my Ego, into existence so I can see that it is NOT going to destroy me.

What if, instead, I only called those things in LIFE that I could celebrate, dance and sing about? What if? I can and I do, and I have, and I will…and give the Universal Power all the credit for the opportunity to learn to be courageous and brave instead of minimal and small and fearful.

I can live either way. And I am learning, more and more every day, to stop fearing and start celebrating and being in the middle of miracles instead of in the middle of nightmares. What a great life that is! I am still not crazy about confronting things that frighten me, but I do it at least 10 times a day, just to keep those celebrations going. And so it is…and so it is…

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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