How I Learn from Fear

Howdy! Joanne here. Thought I would share some personal updates with you all.

We upped and moved to the fine state of North Carolina. New house, new town, new friends, new schools. It’s a lot to take in and I’ve definitely gotten overwhelmed at times. And the winds of change will continue to tornado through our lives for the foreseeable future. Crazy I tell you!

And yes, change is downright scary. And, I don’t know about you, but as I get older, fear of change has become so much more prominent in my thinking. It’s not fun, but with with most unpleasant realities in our lives, I believe there is a better way to deal with it, learn from it, and grow as a human being.  Find strength from each adversary we encounter.

We can simply face the fear.  But what does this over-quoted suggestion really mean?

I think that 95% of the battle is first recognizing that your emotion is actually fear…and that takes some self-reflection, pausing and analyzing your thoughts.

Like…Why am I procrastinating in this area?  Because I don’t feel like dealing with the task…why don’t I want to deal with the task?  Because it is difficult.  Why is it difficult?  Because I think I am afraid of… insert what that fear could be – rejection, loss, not being good enough, failure, etc., etc.

And once you can identify that fear, you can dissect it, label it, and deal with it.   And then of course overcome it.

This is my challenge right now in my own life.  What exactly am I afraid of?  This is a question that I can answer and learn from.

It reminds me of a quote I recently read by Sylvia Brown…“The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.”

Love it.

I’ll leave you with a pic of my favorite flowers – the hydrangea. A gift from a new friend to welcome us into our new home. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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