Thank you Lord for another day. Thank you for another opportunity to do better and be better. Thank you for all YOU have done, are doing and will do in our lives. Give us the strength and courage to stretch ourselves so that we can become the individuals we were meant to be. Amen!
That was my prayer for us. Many times we go through life and some of us tend to limit ourselves and our experiences because we are afraid. I know what that is like because it used to keep me stuck. Afraid of failure, afraid of the unknown, afraid of what others might say and afraid of change.
How many experiences, opportunities, potential relationships and friendships did you allow yourself to miss out on because you were afraid? Being afraid or ‘fearful’ is not all bad because this is our brain’s way of protecting us from anything or anyone it feels threatened by.
However, although the brain means well this emotion ‘fear’ can also paralyze us in moments when we need to act. It can limit us and cause us to miss out on potentially good and positive experiences because we’ve become stuck in this emotional state where we start seeing everyone and everything as a potential threat.
This type of existence hinders our learning because we would typically avoid trying new things. Learning is a part of ‘living’ and if you choose to avoid new experiences, new opportunities and new things then you deny yourself the opportunity to widen your knowledge and your experiences therefore limiting your learning.
Today I want to encourage you to put your fear aside and stretch yourself. Let’s look at some of the best case/ worse case scenarios of stretching yourself:
- Try something new it could be a new food, new sport, new activity (dancing, cooking class or a defense class) anything you build up the courage to try – either you’ll like it or you won’t and that’s okay. Don’t be discouraged just try something else. This is an opportunity for you to grow and learn more about yourself. You’ll learn some likes and dislikes you didn’t know about – so go into it with an open mind.
- Open up to the possibility of sharing your life with others. Maybe you’ll meet someone who will become your best friend, lover, or future spouse only time will tell. Maybe you’ll just be friends or maybe you’ll learn that not everyone that smiles with you is your friend. Either way there is an opportunity to learn something about others as well as yourself.
- Change is good and is sometimes necessary for betterment to take place. It is good to change-up our routine sometimes and create new ones. This could be as simple as taking a different route to work or home; . It could even be eating whole wheat bread instead of white bread, adding a fruit and vegetables to our daily meal plan. This will help to foster greater flexibility and adaptability in your life. Change can be good for you so rather than run from it sometimes based on the potential benefits and lessons to be learnt we should embrace it.
- The unknown or future is just that because no one knows what the future holds. Hiding or shutting ourselves away from others and not participating in life does not help prepare us for the future if nothing else it can put us at a disadvantage. We should choose to live, love, learn and grow each and everyday and trust that our plans will workout in our favour when that time comes.
Stretch yourself, stretch your understanding, stretch your experiences, stretch your opportunities, stretch your relationships, stretch your body, mind and spirit. With each day that goes by understand that the only thing keeping you back is YOU.
Don’t let fear limit your possibilities for growth, wisdom and understanding.
Just take it one day at a time. 🙂