Finding the Courage to say “Yes”!
"Our deepest self acts out of two emotions: Love & Fear."
I don’t know where I found this quote but I had it written down in my journal and found it to be so applicable to me overcoming my fear to find the courage to embrace another new opportunity. It helps to understand where your reactions to situations come from so that you are able to control your actions. Always at the root of our reaction, we essentially choose between these two emotions; fear or love.
A friend of mine requested something of me that I wasn’t sure I was ready to give. Our desire to protect ourselves from anything we fear can really inhibit our choices and even curb our decisions to step into new opportunities. I have had a lot of changes and challenges in my life in the past couple of years and her request was that I share my journey in a co-authored book to share my story to inspire others.
We are always so hard on ourselves and because of this, I really felt unworthy to be an example of courage for others. Her insistence that I could do it and had a story to tell and the fact that it would help her amazing organization helped me to overcome my inhibitions.
My friend is Kelly Franklin, from Courage for Freedom, a division of Farmtown Canada in Southern Ontario. She is a constant example of a woman who is embracing her fears and stepping out in courage to build her image as an expert in her field, an accomplished speaker and an advocate for girls who have been trafficked all while running this organization with her husband. Courage for Freedom serves girls who face life-controlling problems and are in need of services and assistance to be well and find their way on life’s journey through prevention and intervention. Her book also titled Courage for Freedom: transformational life stories of courage, hope and resilience is a compilation of 26 authors who have overcome struggles and their story of courage of how they overcome them, the hope that inevitably comes from this action and the resilience and strength of character that being brave builds in them.
The proceeds of this book will go to help support the work of Courage for Freedom.
If you are interested in pre-ordering a copy of this book, you can follow this link to reserve your copy for the release date in late May.
I am honoured to be a part of this group of courageous women and so thankful for the encouragement I have received from the people spearheading this project and the opportunities it will open for me while supporting an amazing cause. I look forward to seeing where this leads. I know that overcoming this fear of mine will be a step towards personal growth and hope that it will help others to see the benefit of saying “yes”.
Well said Lynda. So proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone. This is the space in which we really live and become all that God has created us to be all the while giving others permission to do the same. Great inspiration for others!!!
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