Posted by: Kelly Deeny | November 1, 2015

Day Forty of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey: Building a Bridge

#111DayWritersJourney

#111DayWritersJourney

DAY 40: Sunday SoulJourn – Fear Itself

There are certain fears which are understandable – like arachnophobia and fear of heights. How about the ones that go unseen yet are equally impactful?

    • Are you a commitment phobe?
    • Do you fear the possibility of failure?
    • Are you overly concerned with other people’s expectations and perceptions?
    • Do you worry what will happen once you finally achieve your dreams?

While my answers to the above questions would not all be YES, there are a few areas in which fear has stifled my emotional, physical, and spiritual growth.

I can see myself living life in joy, passion, artistry, and love. Yet, it’s like I’m looking at it through a long-range lens. I’m standing at a ravine, staring across the canyon desperate to get to the other side but petrified at what to do next.

Do I give up and sit down, waiting for a path to magically appear, or do I build the bridge myself?

I’ve spent way too many years waiting at the ravine, wishing and hoping to somehow reach my desired destination. How much time did I waste when I could have been building that bridge? Some tools I already had at my disposal while others I dismissed as unimportant and insignificant.

Bridge Building

I recently made a list of the tools I’ll need to build my personal bridge.  Here are some:

  • Confidence
  • Determination
  • Passion
  • Interconnectedness
  • Support system
  • Flexibility
  • Stability

I’m ready to get started building my bridge, because standing there waiting for someone else to do it for me scares me more than my fear of heights.

What tools would you use to build your bridge? Have you ever felt like the next step in your journey was out of reach or too far?

Advertisements

Responses

  1. That’s a powerful list of bridge-building tools you’ve identified. I have also spent many years staring across the water or forgetting the river is even there at all. For some of us the time is right when we’re young; for others, not until we’re older, I’ve decided I’m okay with that. As hard and as consistently as I work at it, accomplishing my mission of living lifeg as a successful novelist does sometimes feel far off, but then i lose myself in building the bridge piece by piece. (I really like that metaphor, by the way.)


Spam comments are not welcome and will NOT be approved.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: