Why the fear?
Fear is darkness. Truth is light. When you let go of fear and open the door to your heart with truth and love in your eyes, you are free to be your most real and authentic self; you are free to shine with the brightest and most divine of lights. True expression can only emerge from the depths of your soul when you are unafraid and unaffected by the thoughts and expectations of those around you.
Allowing yourself to release fear is freedom… Freedom from hiding in the shadows, freedom from wearing a mask, freedom from conforming to who or what others want to you be, freedom from being paralyzed by the possibility of failure.
So — Why the fear?
False Evidence Appearing Real…
Fear is a liar.
There is a quote that says that fear is a product of thoughts that we create. Danger — an event that you cannot control — terror? THAT is real. But fear? Fear is a choice. Fear is temporary.
As Robin Sharma said, “The beautiful thing about fear is that when you run to it, it runs away.”
Why don’t we go into uncomfortable situations telling ourselves that WE’VE GOT THIS?
Fear is a choice. Fear is temporary.
Fear is a liar. Fear can go away.
That stays with you.
I was thinking about the students at Stoneman Douglas and the pure TERROR that they experienced as they ran for their lives while being shot to death, or watched their friends bleed out on the floor of their classrooms… I considered all the things that we generally fear in life and it all began to feel trivial. Putting things in perspective, you think about what must have gone through the heads of those kids… and my God — you can never really be afraid of anything else again after that, not anymore….
This is what I offer you today: dig deep to find the most authentic version of yourself and share the light inside your heart, courageously, fearlessly, unapologetically. You are not here to make others comfortable at the sake of speaking your truth. You are not here to continue living a life that doesn’t serve you because it is what someone else wants. You are not here to stand down because you think others will disapprove. In that place of choosing pure love and freedom and truth, fear cannot survive.
Forget Everything And Run?
Face Everything And Rise.
As Meredith Grey said on one of my favorite episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, “Don’t let fear keep you quiet. You have a voice, so use it. Speak up, raise your hands. Shout your answers. Make yourself heard. Whatever it takes. Just find your voice. And when you do — fill the damn silence.”
Make the choice. Stand up. Rise up.
You’ve got this.
Thinking of all of my friends from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and all over the country marching today in A March for Our Lives in Washington DC and beyond. Praying for your safety and that your voices are heard. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for filling the silence. #NEVERAGAIN #MSDSTRONG