“You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” ~Junot Díaz
When I’m hurting, my first impulse is always escape. I want to run away from the pain, the confusion, the fear, or the heartache.
It never works. No matter how far or how fast I run, I inevitably bring all of that anguish with me because I can’t escape what’s inside me.
The only way through it is to go inward and face those difficult emotions head on and work through them. Every single time.
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“Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
Perfectionism isn’t the virtue it claims to be. It’s just the same old fear of not being good enough hiding in a different costume.
Once you see through its disguise and learn that your worth has nothing to do with your performance, this harsh taskmaster will lose its power over you.
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“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~Pema Chödrön (from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)
Which will you choose? I hope you’ll choose to let life soften you. Not only does the world needs more kindness and openness, but you’ll also find greater happiness that way.
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“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” ~Eckhart Tolle
How acceptable (or unacceptable) is uncertainty for you? We’re all being tested on how well we deal with it right now, aren’t we?
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“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” ~Sir Winston Churchill
We may be living in fearful times, but we don’t have to let that drive us. We always have the choice to act with courage and love instead of reacting out of fear.
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