Your True Colors

Have you ever felt torn between doing what is easy and doing what you know is right?  Of course, doing what is easy in life is simple.  You wouldn’t have to confront a fear, you wouldn’t need to face the core of a problem, you wouldn’t have to deal with the difficult decisions that need to be addressed.  Many of us take this route, because doing the hard work involves taking a risk.

Facing what is true for us – whether it’s taking a stand on something we believe in or expressing to others what we really think and feel – means we not only have to face our truth, we have to value our truth.  We all have an inherent desire to feel worthy.  Showing others who we are takes courage and integrity.  It means we have to risk feeling judged, inadequate, embarrassed, or unworthy.

When we can diverge from the easy path and choose the road that will inevitably be more rocky, we can start living more authentically.  Making the conscious decision to do the right thing stems from your deep morals, values, and acceptance of yourself.  There is no greater freedom than knowing you can be exactly who you are and feel that you are enough.  You will find that most people hold a greater respect for those that take the risk involved in doing the right thing.  But what really matters is how much you respect yourself.

What would it take for you to be honest with yourself and risk showing people your true colors?

Stretching our Wings (#3)

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do something every day that scares you”.  I don’t think she was necessarily thinking sky diving or hang gliding.  The point is we all have the capability to take daily risks by the decisions we make.  If the word “risk” sounds too “risky”, think about the word “challenge” instead.  It has a softer tone to it!  We all need challenges in our lives, not only to build mental and physical strength but also to build our resilience.  How else would we be able to handle the twists and turns that life throws at us? 

I came across a couple of excellent articles written by Francis Lefkowitz, a contributor for Whole Living Magazine.  In her articles, she discusses her three basic risk-taking tips: 1. Form a Net, 2. Follow Your Desire, not Your Fear, and 3. Enjoy the Ride.  Furthermore, she explains the importance of taking risks in your life.   Her stories helped me to recognize that risk-taking (or challenging yourself!) really comes down to breaking the usual, mundane routine of your life.  How are you coming along with challenging your routine this week?  Keep me posted!