“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.” Mary Manin Morrissey
Posted March 31, 2010on:
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
so I have this friend. he took a risk. he decided that instead of doing the 8 – 5 office thing he’s gonna follow his dreams and do what he loves. there were a lot of naysayers ofcourse, but he decided to follow his heart instead of listening to them. his plans didn’t work out, which sucks, but i’m so super proud of him for taking the risk.
“Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.” – Author Unknown
a lot of people will inevitably cry out “we told you so”, but one thing i’ve realised about those people, they are the ones who haven’t taken any risks. they are the ones living a miserable life because they decided to be safe instead of risking to fulfill their dreams. they’ll never know what it’s like to live the adventure. they are so focused on security that they miss happines. they miss life.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
i bet all those people saying no in the beginning were all wishing it was them doing it. they were secretly wishing that they had put off the chains and jumped over the boundaries society put on them – but they kept telling themselves they couldn’t do it; it was impossible – and seeing someone else doing it made them realised that it is in fact possible. so now that he failed, they feel justified in not doing anything, they feel justified in living a wasted life cos hey, it probably would have failed anyway.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
but unless you try – whether trying leads to success or failure – you will never really know what you are capable of; you will never know what dreams you can reach; you will always live out the story others have written for you. as Joshua Davidson said: “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H. P. Lovecraft
i want to take risks. i want to write my own story. i wanna be the “young fellow who steps up to the great bully”. but i keep holding back because of fear of the unknown. not knowing what’s around the bend is too scary.
i will close off with one of my favorite quotes i’ve used a few times before on this blog:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”