Sophrosyne

How do you want to live your life?

Choose living now over fear

on August 24, 2012

This statement was not my idea but that of a good friend:

“Do not let the avoidance of pain get in the way of living life” – Joanne Chua

Isn’t this so profoundly simple?? Pain in this instance can be referred to as physical pain or emotional pain caused by failure or rejection.

Have a think about this: Do you find that you are not as adventurous as you were 10 years ago? I’m saying this from personal experience – The older I get, the more afraid I am of trying new physical activities. Why? Because we know that we are not as young as we used to be, and we do not heal as good any more. But that should not stop you from trying out new things. Just need to be realistic about it. Being realistic is different from being a scaredy cat. The wisdom is in knowing the difference.

But in this case, the statement is referring more to the heart, mind and ego. In order to preserve these 3 parts of us, we avoid anything that may even remotely suggest any negative emotional impact. Overcome these 3 barriers and I assure you that you will have a great time in this life. No matter how hard we try, things happen, the best we can do is not to avoid it. It is all about our perception of it. Is worrying about the worst that can happen worth missing out on the entire experience? It is by Grace that we are where we are and living the good life that we have. If you are able to let go of the ego and allow life to take you where it chooses to. It is all going to be worth it!

Again, I know this is a tall order, but pride is nothing but an emotion we think too highly of. I’m not saying be shameless and pride-less. I am merely suggesting that if there are occasions where all it took was for you to let go a little of your ego. Do it! It is an exhilarating experience! Choose life! Not the fear of looking bad in front of others, or worrying about how people will look at you or what if your investment is greater than the other party. If you decide that this is the experience you choose, then take the leap already. We do not know what will happen tomorrow. So, why not live right here, right now??


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