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Friday, September 2, 2011

Fear of Who you Are

A while back, August 24, I did a post about Fear of Success.  Surprisingly, that humble post has had two people leave comments, and seems to be the source of a recent up surge of hits to my Blog.
Which interests me because like everybody else who writes blogs, I feel we all strive to write something special, worth your while to drop by and read.  To maybe have some tidbit to take with you.  Give you something to ponder as you go through the rest of your day, or as you wait to drift off to a good night's rest.
One of the comments was left by a gentleman named Dennis Lowry, who left a link which directs you to his blog where I found this statement.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous.
Actually, who are we not to be…You playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you…
As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others!

Nelson Mandela
Thank you very much Dennis as I believe this is exactly the kind of stuff I was talking about.  Below is the link to Dennis' site he provided me.
http://www.dennislowery.com/blog/2011/08/our-deepest-fear.html
So is this feeling of FEAR really transferred to we don't know who we are?
Is liberating ourselves from it the same as discovering who we are?
Are we truly afraid of ourselves, not of succeeding?
I truly feel some people have a level of success and feel as if they are successful and still don't know who they are.  They don't know where they are truly headed.  These are the people stuck in the mindset that success is the acquiring of something physical or a destination you arrive at.
It's these very people that get to a point in their life, the predetermined destination of success and feel empty, cheated, fooled, and let down.  They find themselves asking questions like:
Is this all there is?
What's the point?
Why am I still un-happy?
Why do I feel unfulfilled?
I am happy most of the time.  Since discovering my love of writing I feel inspired, energized, and excited about life in a way I have never experienced.  I stay up late working.  I get up early to go to work.  I haven't worked so hard in my entire life, but it's different in that my motivation and end result destination, priorities, and what's most important in life have all adjusted and changed also.  Am I discovering who I am?  I am discovering, just a glimpse of who I might become.
I realize as I get more successful at writing, which at this point would be making enough money that I can stay home and do it all the time.  That I can afford to pay for editing my work, and pay somebody to make professional cover art and make movie trailers for my books.  To be in a financial position to really market my books and maybe even travel around the world doing book signings.  With achieving these goals I will undoubtedly have to adjust my goals again.  Your goals and to do list should be sitting where you work when they come through to clean your stuff out because you left this world.  There should be plenty of things on that list that aren't crossed off yet.
A large part of answering these questions concerning your success or failure to succeed directly and proportionately relates to your faith.  I am not going to get into any religious debates, or start stuffing religion down anybodies throat.  Especially in today's society when the faith you choose seems to be getting more and more connected to which political party you align with.  Not going to go there!!  But think about your faith.
What do you have faith in?
What do you believe?  Why do you believe what you believe?
            Because somebody told you that you should believe this?
            Do you have any proof?  Have you researched your beliefs?
            There are some very basic questions in life, that our society, or culture try and answer for us that are not necessarily what you believe them to be.  You need to search your own heart and mind, read and study your faith, and decide for yourself.  Answering some of these basic, but really hard questions, directly relates to your happiness, your success, and where you will end up in life.
Some of these questions can't be answered!  Your right!  There is no one person who can definitively tell you this is correct, and that is not.  Oh many will try!  That's a big part of the world's primary problems and why we can't all get along.  Those that don't want to figure it out, or think for themselves say, "You tell me what is right, and what I should believe."  Then the idiot follows right along with the rest of that herd, for right or wrong!
You have to decide for yourself!  You can choose what you believe and what you don't!
This got way deeper than I intended for it to go.  So before this starts shaping up as a novel, or series of books, I will stop.  I will return to points of this post at a later date.

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