Our actions do not occur in a vacuum.
I’ve been a couple of times recently – is it love or fear that is driving this thought or decision?
As Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic (paraphrased), our fear can come along for the ride but they are not allowed to be in the driver’s seat.
Another word for fear is ego – that part of ourselves that acts on impulse, on scarcity, on trauma and on all the things that keep us small and seemingly safe.
What is another word for love, then, if we were to personify it?
At this moment, the words that come to me are “higher self” or maybe my best self or maybe it’s my holiest self. While the words escape me at the moment, the feeling of love is very definitive and a stark contrast to fear.
When making my decisions as of late, I have tried to check in with my body and ask “Is this love or fear?” and then trust what my body is telling me.
I write everyday because it allows me to voice what is at the surface. Once that is out of my head, I can dig in another layer deeper. My daily writing practice has been my greatest exploration of self and humanity. Sign up here to receive these thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.