Holding Back from Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ~ Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks became an American hero because she knew what needed to be done and did it.  But I wonder: how did she get over the fear in order to set her mind to the purpose?

Sometimes being brave is easy.  When what is motivating us to act is more important to us than ourselves, we just do it.  But other times, it’s not so clear cut.

Each one of us has our own trigger–that thing that keeps us from acting when we know we should. This has been gnawing at my mind lately because this is something I know I struggle with.  I know there’s something I need to do, and I’m afraid. It’s not that I am afraid of failing at it–that’s not the problem. I can’t figure out what I’m afraid of.

I think it’s change. Now anyone who knows me well and just read that line is laughing. I am the least likely person to be afraid of change. I embrace it. But if what I plan to attempt works out, it will change the trajectory of the path I’ve been on, more or less, for 25 years.

The change actually is connected to this blog. I have some messages I need to share, and I’m gearing up to do it. I’m resisting it, and I realize I’m resisting due to fear, so I thought I’d buck myself up and share the bucking up with those who might also need it.

Miss Parks is absolutely right. She came from a generation that understood “just get on with it”. Don’t dwell on the negatives. Don’t over think. Decide the proper course of action and then do what’s right.

Now if I can just convince myself….


About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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