Thursday, April 30, 2015

When fears are like dirty socks

Once upon a time there was a little girl. She had big dreams inside her heart. She knew they were there, even though she didn't really know what all of them were, or what they would turn out to be.

Even though this little girl had dreams, she was often afraid of trying new things.

What if she would get hurt?

What if she would get lost?

What if she just didn't have what it takes?

She grew up being fearful. Whether it was her own fear, or others' fear projected onto her, she internalized it and it became her own. Many of these fears grew with her. 

As she grew older, the fears wouldn't leave. The fears hung around like dirty socks laying on the bedroom floor.

Like walking around the pile of dirty socks, she adapted to some of the fears even though they limited her. Some grew bigger and stuck like glue.

The fear of the unknown kept her inside a shell. 

The fear of failure kept her from trying new things. 

The fear of the future kept her living in the past.

Even the fear of success kept her from really soaring.

Then, one day, the little girl grew up. She had grown taller, older and wiser. 

She found out she no longer had to bow to the fears that had clung like dirty socks to her soul. With wisdom, she began picking up those dirty socks with her nimble and capable fingers. 

Each sock of fear she dumped into the basket of learning and hope. And, each sock of fear that she threw down turned into a possibililty.

The fear of the unknown turned into dreaming of what could be.
The fear of failure turned into permission to learn from her mistakes.
The fear of the future turned into anticipation of all good things. 
The fear of success turned into being true to herself. 

She also began to dig deep to learn where and how these limiting fears started. 

And, why she'd always been so willing to let these fears control her life.

St. Peter's Cathedral--NYC

They'd robbed her of her courage. They'd robbed her of new experiences. They'd robbed her of her self-esteem and self-worth. They had just plain robbed her of life.

She doesn't really know what's next. 
No one ever does. 

But, she's willing to live courageously in the unknown, knowing this is part of her journey.

She's willing to embrace her imperfections and limitations and work toward squashing her fears.

She's living wholeheartedly.
She's living courageously.
She's daring greatly.

Blessings to you today, friend! 


Linking up today with the lovely Holley Gerth for Coffee for Your Heart and Kristin Taylor for Three Word Wednesday.


  1. You have a beautiful way with words! Love it!!

  2. Praise God that His perfect love casts out all fear! My post this week is about fear also -- fear in the storms. Linked up with you at Coffee for Your Heart and now I'm following you by GFC -- hope you'll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit and consider following also!
    God bless,

    1. Thanks Laurie! I'll be sure and visit you! :) Blessings! and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh, my sweet, friend. Wow, wow, wow! Who would have imagined just a few days away would yield such great fruit. I think we need to have a sock burning party!!! Lol! What a great analogy you've created here. Yes! So thankful for the turning away from fear, and holding onto the changes offered. You sound empowered! You are! Such a gift to see you shine! Much love, my friend. Shine on!

    1. Thanks so much, friend! I do feel empowered! As Lisa said several times in NYC, "we can do anything!" I love that. Because we really can! :)

  4. "She found out she no longer had to bow to the fears that had clung like dirty socks to her soul." --> YES! So grateful for that kind of freedom. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.


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