Being brave does not just apply to BIG things. You can also be brave by doing small things that bring up fear.
Small things add up to BIG things.
So today, I was Brave. It's funny because I decided to open an online store to offer my mandala designs and poems for purchase, and also to inspire others to heal and follow their hearts and believe in themselves. However, these are things that I struggle with, they bring up BIG FEARS in me, even though they are often small actions. As I have taken each step, creating the website myself, photographing the shirts, setting up social media, etc... I have walked through GREAT FEAR. You see, when I write and design and color mandalas, or teach meditation and yoga I feel great! No fear. However, when I even think about putting it all out there in the world or talking to random people (or sometimes even friends) about it all,
I feel naked, vulnerable, and downright SCARED,
so much so that I often clam up and say nothing. You may have noticed that I have been posting Questions of the Week, and also a few blog posts, though I enjoy it and feel it's important, it is also a way of avoiding my worst FEARS, actually posting my mandalas and poems. It is a double edged sword, fear, because it is what I want the most, to share myself and my work with the world, and what I FEAR the most. Funny how that is often the case. But... thanks to a nudge from a friend, today I posted the shirts on my social media pages (and a great sale at www.hopealchemy.com).
I still feel FEAR, nervous energy, a bit shaky, but I also feel good about myself. I TRUST that it was the right thing to do, even if no one likes or even notices, let alone buys anything.
It was Magnificent just on its own, because it was me stepping forward toward my DREAMS through my FEARS. That click to publish was a small thing that I FEARED, and yet it was also a HUGE step forward for me.