Posts tagged ‘doubt’

March 28, 2016

Let your soul speak

Thought of the moment, courtesy of French philosopher Simone Weil:

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.

July 17, 2014

Give fear and doubt the busy signal

Quote of the moment, courtesy of Edith Armstrong (and my mother!):

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubts, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal — and soon they’ll forget my number.

Our attitude to life and what it brings our way really does depend on which thoughts we choose to broadcast over our internal sound systems. We can turn some thoughts way up and others down to zero. Choose your sound track wisely, for the music of your mind has wide-reaching impact on many areas of your life.

May 17, 2014

Unshackle the chains that bind you

Something to consider:

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key.
(Lyrics from the song “Already Gone” by the Eagles) 

We do tend to create constraints, barriers, walls and cages for ourselves in life. Most of these fortifications are unnecessary; they serve no purpose except to prevent us from venturing in directions where we might get hurt.

Perhaps we create these chains because we are afraid of the unknown places — of open territory where we are completely uncovered and vulnerable — so we close the door and lock it tight before we even take a glimpse over the threshold. Maybe we reel ourselves in because we doubt our ability to succeed or thrive — or we erroneously believe that we don’t have the right to succeed or thrive. Or maybe we simply refuse to see the world beyond the narrow borders of our own experience, to recognize that we always have choices, that we are never “stuck” anywhere, that we always have the ability to change our situations, to break free, to grow.

All we have to do to escape our chains is pick up the key that lies inside each one of us — a beautiful, shining key forged from our own courage, strength, confidence and self-worth — and unbolt the door.

This week, why not try unshackling a chain or two in your own life. The tools you need are already there inside you. Set yourself free.

March 14, 2013

Of midair leaps and burning bridges

I like this excerpt from “Central American Dreams” by Jennifer Bingham Hull, one of several stories included in the women’s travel anthology Go Your Own Way:  Women Travel the World Solo:

When the sages say, “Jump and the bridge will appear,” they don’t mention the other bridges burned or that moment in mid air . . . . In that space between the familiar and the foreign, you feel like your spirit could blow away with the first wind.

To me, this quote captures that feeling of gut-wrenching uncertainty that follows any major change of direction you make in your life.  When you purposely leap into the unknown, you necessarily close some doors, end some relationships, say “no” to one path or way of being and “yes” to another.  In a sense, there is no going back to where (or how) you were before.  The old ties — the ones that held you down and kept you “secure” for so long — have been cut, and you are now sailing through the air, untethered, unmoored.  Granted, you have before you your vision for the future, for the new life you want to build, but it looks so small and indistinct from where you are now.  Caught in mid-dive between the old and the new, you wonder, “Can I really hit that tiny little target I’m aiming for?  And if I can, is it really big enough to hold me up, to sustain me?  Was I right to leave a life of sharp detail for this fuzzy unknown?”

Temporarily stripped of your context and tumbling outside the bounds of your comfort zone, you might feel fragile, formless and uncertain about the decision you have just taken.

In this period of freefall, surrounded as you are by nothing, remember to do one thing:  wait it out.  Your goals will become clearer the closer to get to reaching them.  Your fears will subside.  And you have with you the one thing that you can truly depend on to get you through this moment — indeed, through anything:  yourself.  Trust yourself, and trust your motivations.  You’ll make it.  You’ll get where you need to go.