Be truthful, gentle and fearless


photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

One of the most peaceful beings who ever graced the planet spoke today’s Monday Motivator. Ghandi implores us to be truthful, gentle and fearless.

Truthful is pretty straightforward. Living a truthful life is good for the soul. Lies are heavy loads to carry, and truth is a choice we all have the power to make. I’d like to add kindly to Gandhi’s instruction. Be kindly truthful.

Gentle. What comes to mind when I hear this word is the image of a large, muscular man holding a tiny kitten. I’m a very visual person, and something about that image always evokes the feeling of gentleness for me. This image helps me remember that gentle starts with myself. Gentle means letting myself off the hook, recognizing my perfect imperfections as beauty and, of course, self-love. Especially as we enter the holiday season, let’s focus first, on being gentle with ourselves. I promise you, doing that translates into the ability to be more gentle with others.

Fearless seems pretty simple, right? I’m not sure how Gandhi defined fearless, but the dictionary defines it as without fear. I respectfully disagree with Mr. Webster! I define fearless as the understanding of fear. To understand fear is to learn from it and hear what it wants to teach us. Many of us spend a lot of time and energy on fighting fear, but I’ve never found any benefit in meeting fear with fight. Meeting fear with understanding and curiosity; however, has some beautiful benefits. After all, when you take the time to learn about and understand something, it becomes less scary, and if it’s less scary, we’re actually moving closer to fearless.

Thanks for being on this journey with me.
?, Lara

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