“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this … I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
These words have become living words to me. I not only understand their meaning and definition, but I comprehend them with an intimacy that only my heart can express without words. I have known them over and over, yet as soon as I have reached the pinnacle, I start to forget them… until I learn them again.
As Ms. Roosevelt states in the beginning … this is a learning process. I ‘gain’ strength, courage and confidence with every experience. The fear never ceases, nor does it ever decline in intensity. In fact, I often think it increases, but I must face it anyway. What choice do I have? I’m not arrogant enough to deny I’m afraid. Denial isn’t courage. Courage isn’t being unafraid. Courage is being deathly afraid yet choosing to face it anyway.
In most moments of fear I want to give up, throw my hands into the air and scream at the top of my lungs that I can’t take it, I’m too weak, and want to just die. But, I don’t… because I love me and deserve to live. But love for me is not from where I draw most of my strength as I face my fears. Love from my friends is what gives me that strength.
There are some precious people in my life who are so dear to me, my heart literally aches when I think about how much I love and appreciate them. It is their love for me, their words of encouragement, and their belief in me that has given me the strength to walk into the lion’s den and face my greatest fears. Their love and encouragement gives me hope and reassures me that I don’t walk alone. It is their love for me that helps me do the things I cannot do. I love them more than words could ever express. I hope they never give up on me. I must do, and I will.
Till next time,