strength and fear

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear. ”

–Mark Twain

I’ve been rather quiet this month. Life has been busy, there’ve been hard choices to make, and I really just needed time to do some internal processing about all the changes going on.

The benefit of a daily practice is that once it becomes ingrained, you tend to do it anyway, even when life falls apart around you. And so my daily reiki and prayers continue to be my way to wind down in the evenings, as I try to bring a  little more peace and order into what’s become chaos.

The last year has been a year of changes – of learning to overcome fear to make the changes that need to be made, and to have the strength to stand behind those decisions. This month’s decision: The business largely needs to go, because it takes up all our time, and we’re going to need that time for the baby. This was a really hard choice, since I’ve long seen this business as something spiritually important to me. But it’s time to move on to other things.

A friend recently complained that he feels like he’s from no where – all the places important to his childhood are, one by one, disappearing, and it seems to be leaving him feeling adrift and alone.

I’ve been in his shoes; but I’ve found it much better to build on my own internal strength. I have found my place, and made it my own, and no matter what happens to the things surrounding my life, I have a place to go home to, because it’s here in my head and my heart.

There is peace to be found in our daily rituals, and strength in our faith. Fear may still find us from time to time, but by planting our own roots, and letting them grow deep and strong in our faith and our rituals, we have the strength to master the fear, do what we need to do, and improve our lives.

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