I have another confession to make.
To tell you the truth, I didn't write the blog I REALLY wanted to yesterday.
I CHICKENED out. Yep. Bock, bock, bock.
I ended up writing about truth, yet not telling you the truth I wanted to share.
Why did I chicken out? Fear and doubt. Lost myself to what you would think. Lost my centre. Lost sight that it's about putting my message into the world and letting go.
I woke up. Literally and figuratively. Came back to centre.
This morning I awoke feeling fresh, grounded. Ready to tell the truth. The truth that opens doors, connects us, and encourages intimacy (in-to-me-see).
How to find courage when you wanna chicken out:
Speak from the heart. Do you know the original meaning of the word courage? “To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.” To share one's heart means to share ALL of it. Not selectively edit. Not sanitize it for public consumption. Rather to serve it raw, just like it can feel.
Take a breath and stand back. When we take the bait, biting hook, line and sinker into fear and doubt, we lose ourselves. Shoot out of our being into our head. Into personal thinking. Into feelings. Breathe. Take a back seat. Imagine you are viewing your thinking. Your feelings. Become the observer. Be the witness. Be awareness.
Trust your intuition. What does your gut say?
Practice. You know that saying it gets easier with practice? It may not feel that way when you share. Focus on how you feel after you share.
Revisit. When you can't find your footing and wish you could do it again, can you go back and try again? Like I have today.
Do you have a truth to be told? Stories of courage are welcome in the comments below. Let us know how you speak your mind by telling all your heart.
Thanks to Anne who shared her truth about yesterday's post, "How true about truth. Sometimes, I wonder about the truth of who I am, what I'm doing. But I'm telling the truth the best way I know how. It feels awesome to be able to do that. I have noticed that I am more open about things to certain people that I may not of been in the past. That definitely feels amazing. I am stronger everyday."
You are Anne. Amazing. Strong.
PS - I'm a city girl. Maybe this is a rooster, not a hen. It's still a chicken.
PPS - My 'truth to be told' which I didn't share (yesterday or today)? That's another blog.