I hope the Original Phoenix doesn’t mind, but I’m combining my daily inspiration with the boundless challenge for this week. My day has been crazy, but I didn’t want to let this Friday pass without doing the boundless challenge or the daily inspiration.
Before I continue, I want to thank Original Phoenix for coming up with this challenge. It’s really had an affect on my way of thinking. In the past, I was always the type of person that worried about what other people thought. It’s like the quote below, I was “watering myself down” to suit others. But, since I started this blog, AND since the boundless challenge began, I am beginning to approach things a bit different. I never really used to like myself very much. However, that’s all changing.
First, this blog is uniquely mine. It is my own creation. It’s a fun, and fascinating place for me to be. I can completely be myself, without fear. And, I’m finding, that now that I am uniquely me, I can love myself, just like the quote below says. It’s true, when you are completely yourself, your confidence increases and you can love yourself.
Second, in the past, I may have turned away from something that was scary, for fear of what other people might think of me. What if I do it wrong? What if I look stupid? What if people laugh? What if they talk behind my back? However, there have been a few moments during the past few weeks, since the challenge began, that I think to my self in a scary situation “live boundless. live fearlessly”. What I realize now, and what the boundless challenge has taught me, is none of that matters. It may sound selfish initially, but bare with me. In order to love yourself, you have to live for yourself. But you see, when you live for yourself, your heart and mind open up, your light shines brighter and you begin to live for others.
So, with all this in mind, on with my boundless moment, which will lead to the daily inspiration. There has been a lot going on in our country over the past year, but especially since the inauguration. Tempers are hot, people are scared and frustrated on all sides of every issue. Things came to a head for me this week, and comments were being made by some friends on Facebook that frustrated me, which brings me to my boundless moment. In the past, I would have simply complained to my family and done nothing, out of fear. But this time I heard a little voice in my head that said “live boundless. be fearless!” So, I left a rather lengthy comment, which, as you can imagine, didn’t go over well. The other person was offended and basically told me to keep my comments to myself, among other things. I ended up apologizing to them and deleting the comment. However, I went to my own page and wrote a blog length commentary about the incident and closed minded nature of the other person (without actually giving their name).
(** After re-reading this in the morning, I realized it sounded like the entire post was about the person, which it wasn’t. It was more a vent about the specific situation and what is going on in the world right now. I am an open-minded person by nature. When I come across people who are not open to hearing other viewpoints, I get a bit frustrated. Knowing this is the way they choose to view life, I try to accept that, but sometimes I can’t and this was one of those times, a weak point, shall we say. I believe the only way to learn is through discussion, especially with those people with whom you disagree. Otherwise, How do we grow?)
Anyway…This is completely out of character for me and my hands were shaking the whole time. (It was an incredibly difficult thing for me to do)**. Even talking about it now scares me…posting this scares me…my hands are shaking right now. But, I did post it and was pleased, when I got a few likes and also a private message from someone who thanked me for speaking out, and told me I did a good job writing it.
So, that’s my boundless moment for this week. I wanted to add to the boundless moment and include it with my daily inspiration. So, just like I always do, I found a video. Let me tell you, this will help boost your confidence the next time you need to “live boundless” and just can’t find the strength. It includes a great tip to boost your confidence, and put a smile on your face. The next time you need to live boundless or do something scary, remember this video. (AND-I dare you not to join in! 😉 )
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