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"Home is not where you live, but where they understand you."
—Christian Morganstern.

"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

"Life is not discovery of fate; it is continuous creation of future, through choices of thoughts, feelings and actions in the present."
—Sanjay Sahay

"You were born an original. Don't die a copy."
—John Mason
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Fear: Often Our Greatest Challenge! .

If I were to ask you all what you thought was your greatest show of courage (ever), I wonder if you would recall your own 'learning to walk' experience?  Probably not - I would imagine. However, it was probably one of the biggest challenges that most of us have ever had to face!

One of the most important things about learning to walk is this: regardless of social status; position in family; state of functionality of our family; attitudes of parents; and many other significant factors which impacted on most of our other life learnings; every single person around us encouraged us as if it were a 'given' that we would get up and walk!  No doubts back then, and definitely none of those "you can't do it" words to be heard anywhere!

No way!  All that most of us experienced were encouraging faces; welcoming hands and arms outstretched and begging us to jump into them; and the general theme of the entire experience was, "come on, you can do it".

OK, if we can accept that forgotten experience as one of our greatest challenges ever, and that life and the people in it don't necessarily hand us all that encouragement these days, then we're ready to stand and face our fears head-on, and look them straight in the eye!

You see, fear can't look anybody in the eye, 'cos that's where we display our courage the most; in our eyes!  Others see it too!  We feel it deep inside us, but we show it to the world via our eyes, and our body language.  Our body language shows the world, and our fears, that we are taking a stand against whatever may threaten us, and our posture and 'look' carry with them a strong message.  That message is that we are facing the things, or people, in our lives with the courage to speak our truth, and stand in our own power!

Remember that the opposite is also true: If we are feeling powerless over fears, or people, then it shows in our eyes and in our posture.  Stand tall.  Face the world with courage and determination to prevail over the challenges which may be confronting you, 'cos we all get them from time to time.

As a person who lived in the shadow of fear for so long, and without explanation of why, I can attest to the strength which lies within having, and showing, courage to the world; and more importantly, to ourselves!

 When we can face our fears, most of the time we will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.  We all need to embrace courage itself as our closest ally, as it empowers us to overcome those obstacles known as fears, and therefore capable of living our dreams.

 During some of my darkest and fearful times I found the most amazing book: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway! - by Susan Jeffers.  I will conclude this message today with an excerpt from that book, as it is without doubt the most important book I have ever read, as it gave me tools to not only cope with fear, but to change because I started seeing them differently.

 My personal recipe for facing fear: Determination; courage; persistence; patience!


Flower Shower

Subhuti was Buddha's disciple. He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.

One day Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness, was sitting under a tree. Flowers began to fall about him.

"We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness," the gods whispered to him.

"But I have not spoken of emptiness," said Subhuti.

"You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness," responded the gods. "This is true emptiness." And blossoms showered upon Subhuto as rain.




Cheryl Richardson.

Who Is Cheryl Richardson?
Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, and The Unmistakable Touch of Grace. Richardson was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials. Her work has been covered widely in the media, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and O magazine. Richardson was the team leader for the Lifestyle Makeover series on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and she accompanied Winfrey on the Live Your Best Life tour. She writes a column for Body + Soul magazine, conducts an Internet talk radio show on Hay House Radio, and hosts an international community online.
www.hayhouseradio.com, www.cherylrichardson.com

“Experience has taught me that the greatest gift I can give to humanity is my ongoing commitment to raise my level of consciousness. The more conscious I become, the greater my desire to protect the environment, to be an advocate for those without a voice—animals, children, or the less fortunate—and the more powerful my need to maintain a level of optimism and belief in our collective good, which will ultimately save us from destruction. To make choices that elevate consciousness on the planet—now that’s visionary.”.

Books that have inspired Cheryl:
Unlimited Power, by Anthony Robbins
Power vs. Force, David Hawkins
The Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox
The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Paramahansa Yogananda

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