Fear- such a tiny word yet so powerful. In between these four letters a vast ocean exists that envelops us quicker than a lion catches its unsuspecting prey. It happens when we least expect it. If we do not find the courage to fight it, fear devours us and keeps us alive in its prison. It relentlessly keeps us shackled to it with no hope of escape.
Is that really true though? Can fear really keep us prisoner? Yes if we CHOOSE to let it. That is the secret to fear that it does not want us to know. Fear itself can be unraveled and become a tool for change and empowerment. I know this first hand and maybe you do too. I'll share my most recent unraveling of fear. It is just one example of many I have experienced over the years since I have come to the realization that, fear does not and can not control me.
About a week or two ago a very talented photographer friend of mine in Toronto, Sean Howard Photography, started his own podcast to help us all find: "The tools, insights and strategies to find our purpose and do the work we were put on this planet to do." I was so excited for him, until I received an email from him inviting me to talk with him on the podcast! In that moment I felt the gnawing teeth of fear beginning to grip me. What the heck?! Why would he want ME on the show? Who was I? I don't have anything worthwhile to say that would be even remotely interesting to people! And on and on fear started to envelope me and drag me off to its prison.
In that moment I read the email again and stopped myself and said, "Why not?!" Why not take this opportunity being given me, even if it did seem scary. If I passed this opportunity to use my voice what would happen...would there be someone that could have benefited from hearing my story? If I chose not to share it because of fear, what damage would be done or opportunity for another human being would I have thwarted? I unraveled the fear and revealed the beauty that the fire of fear can reveal, if we choose to let it burn away the junk we are letting hold us back.
And so instead of letting the fear hold me back I replied to the email, "OF COURSE I would love too!" I shot fear between the eyes! I immediately picked up my canvas, let the fear flow out on to it, shaky hands and all. I then unraveled it visually for everyone to see, what I had done to fear and that it can be done! We can unravel and conquer our fears!