Something happened to me today when I read this blog post. As my eyes passed over the words and my mind processed what they were saying, I experienced a physical reaction. I could feel the thump-thump of my heart increase with each word and my breath was coming more quickly as I took it all in. I am pretty new to this blog thing and since this post was written nearly three years ago, it may very well be old news to most. For me, however, I was supposed to read it today.
You see, yesterday, Charlie came home from pre-school and I could tell he was upset. It took several hours before he was ready to talk about it and he finally told me me that he was tired of playing a game with someone at school. . . but he never spoke up.
My son tends to be timid. A bit shy. He hates to be noticed. He is very slow to use his voice in public. My son is so much like his mother. I spent much of today processing this and wondering what I can do to help him. I don’t want him to be fearful. I want him to be confident enough to use his voice. I want him to understand that even though he is scared. . . it is better to try something scared, than to not try it at all. So when I read the following words by Elenore Rosevelt, I knew it was time for me to take action.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
These words are exactly what I needed to hear. I was struck with the reality that I can not expect Charlie to do anything that I will not do myself. So, here I am ready to embark on this Be Brave Project as presented in this awesome challenge.
I like the number 1 rule to the challenge:
*MAKE YOUR OWN RULES
. . . so that is what I intend to do.
My heart and my spirit stir at the possibilities. So much of my life is and has been spent doing things that are comfortable. I have known for some time that I need to step outside of my comfort zone and do things that don’t feel so good, but will pay off in the long run. I will take a few days (no longer than a week) to think about this and then will embark on this journey of risk.
What I like about this challenge is that it gives anyone the freedom to define their own journey. What is scary for one might not be scary for another. . . and that is okay. It is my journey or your journey. I am excited! I am so very excited to challenge myself in this way. I hope that this can become a lifestyle and that my example might speak more to Charlie than my words every could.
hope to will write about this. I will write about this journey and see where it leads. . . even if it is not as successful as I hope.
My first scary act? Setting a date. . . it makes it real. . . a committment. . .
Start date will be Sept 25th. Anyone careto join me?