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Feeling the Fear, and Doing It Anyway!

My husband and I decided to sell our Petaluma home, buy a motorhome, and travel full-time!

This time in my Life, sufficed to say, has been full of change, and stress, and Fear.  To top if off, I am only just beginning to understand how to balance myself out in terms of my energy levels.  As much as I swore up and down that I would learn the ins-and-outs of the motorhome and drive it, it’s just not happening quite yet.  And (I regularly remind myself) that’s O.K.

As a matter of fact, sometimes I’ve been so overwhelmed during this process, that all I could do was breathe, and pray.  Yes, pray.

I almost have a visceral reaction to that word, as (in my mind’s eye) it’s deeply linked with religion.  But really, all you’re doing is imploring to a Higher Power–whatever it is that you connect with–Universal Energy, Spirit, Source, God, Goddess, All That Is Good, Love, Hope, etc.–and asking for help to get through it.  You don’t even have to believe in it, necessarily, just be willing to believe in it.

You can say, “I feel stupid doing this, and I don’t know who I’m talking to anyways, but here goes…”, and say this prayer, which is a quote from the author Anne Lamott:  “Help me.  Help me.  Help me.  Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.”

Say/think it, just like that in sets of threes, one after the other:  help me, help me, help me, thank you, thank you, thank you.

And I tell you, you will get through it!

Breathe.  And Pray.

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photo of field near Santa Cruz, CA by Tracy Sheppard

 

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