I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. -Anais Nin
Your life shrinks or expands in direct proportion to your amount of courage. – Anais Nin
We live in a fast-paced, time efficient world. Our patience is tried when our smart phones take longer than a few seconds to update our Facebook accounts, when the drive-through at Starbucks has more than a few cars, and when the automatic check-out lines at the grocery store are out of order. We are spoiled. We are trained to not waste time.
We do waste time though. And the most common way we do is through fear. Fear is one of the biggest time wasters in life. Fear paralyzes us; it causes hesitancy, procrastination, and trepidation. Fear robs us of the life that we are meant to live. Teddy Roosevelt understood the power of fear and he urged his country to think fearlessly: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” His wife echoed his words with her challenge to “do one thing every day that scares you.” The Roosevelts were right. We really do have nothing to fear but fear itself, so be fearless. The world is really at your fingertips, if you are willing to go beyond your comfort zone, be a little scared, and let your courage muscle be a little sore.
Be fearless, and choose to live each day with courage — willing to look past what people might think of you and whatever other self-imposed limitations you might have — for this is what greatness is made of.