Thursday, September 10, 2009

Courage

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... You must do the thing you cannot do."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

"Make no mistake, when you start on the path to authenticity, Love will change you, transforming your life in countless ways. Your family and friends may not notice the changes in the beginning because they're so small. But you will, and you'll know that miracles are taking place. Love will sustain you when passion's path takes unexpected twists and turns. Love will dissolve your fears by creating opportunities you couldn't have imagined before you began the search to discover and recover your authentic self. And when doubt, despair, and denial threaten to dismantle your dreams, Love will rear up in your defense. The next time you feel frightened and fragile, stand very still. If you do, you might feel the tip of an angel's wing brush against your shoulder.

"...Today if you feel afraid, take comfort in remembering that courage is fear that has said her prayers... Dreams are gifts of the Spirit meant to alter us. Trust that the same Power that gifted you with your dream knows how to help you make it come true."
--Simple Abundance

My greatest fear is usually failure. Whenever I think about trying something new - that's where it ends. What if I fail?

My latest dream, though... The fear isn't there yet... Everytime someone asks, "what if it fails?" I've been able to say, "it won't!" Ha ha ha. I don't know if that's wishful thinking - or the courage to take the risk and make it come true... Or silly naivity on how the world actually works.

Either way, I love the quote "courage is fear that has said her prayers." And I'm praying!

What is your fear when pursuing a dream? What helps you to push forward when the going gets tough?

Things I am thankful for today:

1. Surprises!
2. A new dress. Ooo la la!
3. Fun "crafty" projects at work.
4. Being ready-to-go for Sunday morning (first day of Confirmation for the year)!
5. Unexpected help moving tables today. Thanks Andrea!
6. Making my own "God's Inbox." 7. Offers to help do handywork, paint, and shop for our future Bed and Breakfast - you guys crack me up!
8. Date night tomorrow!
9. Chats with Diane - they help me feel sane.
10. A BEAUTIFUL sunset - a big ball of fire in my rearview mirror on my drive home... Gorgeous.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Megan, I think your dream of a Bed and Breakfast is awesome. I think you would be great at it!

I have the same fears as you, of failing. I will not start something because I don't want to fail. I'm really trying to work on that...even with joining new groups and meeting new people.

If you ever need a word of encouragement on your B&B, call or email me, I'll give it! AND if you decide to do it and need help fixing a place up, let us know, Jake's into the handy man stuff and I can work a roller. :)

Mom said...

I also have always had a fear of failing-- but it also helps to have a partner who supports you. I strongly support Dad in his new business and I really think that makes a difference in the success of something. I will support you Megan--Oh-but I want to be included when you go shopping for your new endeavor!!

Beth said...

Last night I prayed for courage to live out my dreams... and this post inspired me to do so... I keep thinking of places you could plant a B and B... Winona...was one place!

Mom said...

I think Winona would be great,Beth!! If Kayla goes to school there, we could stay for free when we came down to see Kayla!! (You wouldn't make us pay anyway--would you???). Oh--you are going to have to work fast though--we can't wait 10 yrs. for this dream to happen--Kayla will be out of school!!!

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