Thursday, August 24, 2006

Fear and Faith and the Next Step

Today I've been thinking about fear and faith and moving forward. So often when we decide to pursue our dreams, we get stuck. We get confused. We get lost--as though someone gave us only half of the directions we need to get to our destination. We may be absolutely sure we are meant to arrive, we just don't know where we need to be and how to get there.
Fear is what keeps us from starting the journey until we are completely certain we know the way. Sometimes this is a good thing. Our fears can shine a spotlight on an areas that requires more preparation, more education, more practice. No one wants to live the nightmare of standing alone on stage about to recite the poem they haven't yet memorized and practiced. Other times, our fears just hold us back. We become paralyzed, unable to make the first move.
This is when we can rely on faith. When we know we are meant to do something that fills our hearts with joy and everyone else's with gratitude, we can have faith. When we know that we are following God's will or our destiny, whatever we wish to call it, we can have faith. We can know to the depths our being that the universe is supporting our efforts and be content not knowing what to do next or how to do it. We simply have faith that those important details will be revealed to us at the right moment. We can relax, putting one foot in front of the other, knowing that the next step will be illuminated for us. We don't have to see all the way down to the end of the path in order to keep stepping. We just have to see the next step.