Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
~ Pope John XXIII

Today… I am grateful for the examples of the brave choice. I believe that we all have an innate desire for “living in perfection”; being perfect. I am finding more and more, that a part of the process of perfection—and for the sake of this post—let’s believe it is, if not already in existence, than achievable—is a willingness to face that which we are frightened by.

It might be a small act of bravery—willing to pause and hold the door open for one or more… because such an act highlights us in a manner we’re uncomfortable with. It could be braver acts—speaking up with the voice of reason and peace in the storm of anger and dissonance. It might be “on with the show” when there is a wardrobe malfunction causing an accident onstage.

It might just be getting out of bed one more day, holding the belief that today has potential to be better.

Whatever fears you still harbor—from experience with my own—they only lesson in power over us when they are relaxed into. And go to the root of the fear… if I’m afraid of being shot—I’m not afraid of guns per se; guns aren’t the “problem”. I’m afraid of… it is a process. Facing, and breathing into one’s fears.

Not always “fun”. Not necessarily easy. Not when I really, really don’t want to do it… but in choosing avoidance, I believe I am strengthening that fear. It actually does become the harder route. We are all brave beings… being brave.