This is me circa 1970.
I liked this chapter about taking risks. Martha had some good nuggets in here:
"What's safe about not being who you were meant to be?"
"Menu Item #5 teaches you something useful: either that the world is safer than you thought, or that you can suffer disappointment and survive."
"It (a daily risk) will expand your horizons, your confidence, your relationships, your achievements, and your happiness so much that in time, you will go looking for the shiver of apprehension that says your have reached the boundary of your comfort zone."
Taking action despite the fear, it's the only way. Taking baby steps, small risks through the fears to our desires. I'm well acquainted with anxiety so talking yourself through anxiety is something I already do.
These are the sort of little risks I've been taking this week:
Left a comment on a blog I've followed for awhile. This lead to signing up for NaNoWriMo officially. Publicly attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.
I've been aware of when I react in less-than-desirable ways like stressing out, and fighting situations I have no control over, which helps nothing. (That's what faith is for Andrea...remember?) I'm really trying to move through this quicker and get to a place of rolling with it, and clean up my mess quickly.
Noticing when I feel nervous, scared, resistance, and trying not to avoid it. Getting to the source and move though it mostly in my thinking and responses to people. I think the actual, physical action of taking a risk does tend to help the most. So I plan to keep doing all the little things that stop or scare me and stretch my comfort zone into a new and larger shape.
Looking forward to seeing how others in the book-blogging club experienced risk this week.