I’m writing a lot more lately despite my fears. And by a lot more I mean I’m writing on occasion and when I do it….this crazy thing happens. My energy is up, my spirit feels full, and my heart is open. I think we could call that a muse, or a zone, maybe we could call it an encounter. If I’m honest with you though, which is always my intention, then I must say that lately in order to get to this point I have to tell fear (I’ll censor for your sake) to buzz off. Those aren’t my exact words. Sometimes I have to be much more graphic. My fear is stronger than I’d like, and I think it’s because I feed it too much.
I am enamored by Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic. If you haven’t read it. Do yourself a favor seriously and go get it TODAY. If you have read it it probably makes sense that I’m into it based on my introduction here, since it’s all about fear. Gilbert’s beautiful description about fear in the beginning has really assisted my own thinking about what to do when fear becomes so strong and vocal on my own journey. SHUT UP, FEAR. Ha. That wasn’t necessarily her recommendation, but same idea.
Gilbert talks about the evolutionary purpose of fear, something that I myself have been familiar with for a long time as I’m prone to anxiety and that fight or flight crap is no joke. No joke. I get it and yes I’m glad that if a bear were chasing me I have a feeling I would be one of the first to do the impossible and run like hell or the wind or whatever the hell it is that you want to run like when you are being chased by a bear. And while in many ways I’m quite grateful that I don’t need to tap into this fight or flight reaction for bears it seems counterproductive that it’s so strong for me. But hey who am I to screw with evolution? I wouldn’t be here without it. I’m just saying. A little less fear, especially when it’s about publishing my words and sharing them with all of you could be okay.
So today in honor of this fabulous book, I’m telling fear to hush up a little. I’ll keep it around because I think Elizabeth Gilbert is on to something about the importance of fear, and one day there may be a bear, you can never be too careful. I will be in charge though and not the fear. That is all. I would love a little love. Where has fear been driving you? How will you quiet it?
Happy Monday folks. Carry on!