This blog introduces you to my special brand of BIKE. I show you how to find your Best self, access your Inner strength, tune in to your Killer instincts, and use your Expressive voice. It's inspiring, spiritual, quirky, and it's all in your head. It's about ATTITUDE, not exercise, though that might be a side benefit.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Be Fearless

It's funny how two simple words can inspire an idea. But that's exactly what happened to me this morning -- the day after an already particularly inspiring day -- when I opened a package that revealed those two words on the cover of a book:
BE FEARLESS
Yes, that's exactly the way to live a life. Reach out. Reach up. And breathe in every single moment. Deep breaths. Take it all in -- even the scary stuff.

Most of us shy away or back away from the stuff we aren't sure about or don't know the answers to...yet. But hidden in that word "yet" could very well be surprises that you, alone, would never have dreamed up yourself.

That "yet" is not so out of reach if you are open to what it might take to get there.

Be fearless.

That book title spoke to me in so many unexpected ways. For one thing, I'm so glad I noticed the package sitting outside my door this morning. I didn't remember ordering anything. But then I tore open the thick brown envelope to see what was inside and remembered...My writer friend Alisa Bowman had posted about her upcoming collaborative book project earlier this year on FreelanceSuccess. And there it was -- the review copy I'd requested. Her book project lay perched against my doorstep at the precise minute I needed an inspirational boost to take me where I've been wanting to go. And I wouldn't even have known exactly how I wanted to get here if it were not for the chance I took introducing myself to an ASU writing professor a few months and asking him if I could speak to his travel writing class about guidebooks. I was thrilled when he said yes, and I didn't really know why. I just knew I needed to do exactly what I did.

Be fearless.

The comments I received yesterday from him and his students stayed with me overnight. Then they joined the words in that book title this morning. Some back story entered the picture. And there you go -- an idea emerges.

So where am I going with this? I've decided I'll be teaching inspirational classes. I don't know what they look like yet. I've been doing them in hundreds of different ways already, but these will be more precise, more niche-directed. That's my "yet" to figure out. I don't have all the answers yet, but I do know I'm glad I've been open to reading the signs.

This week has been full of them. All of a sudden my BIKE work has returned to the surface, revealing my talents once again, reminding me that even when you resist what you're supposed to do -- maybe out of fear -- the universe does not forget. It will find a way to pull you back where you're supposed to be, or to set you on the correct path once again. The universe knows you better than you do.

My metaphorical BIKE reminds me to pay attention. I talked about this yesterday with those students. And I told them it's about moving forward. It's about awareness.

And today I was reminded it's also about being fearless.

What's your story about being fearless?

4 comments:

TL Cooper said...

"...reminding me that even when you resist what you're supposed to do -- maybe out of fear -- the universe does not forget. It will find a way to pull you back where you're supposed to be, or to set you on the correct path once again. The universe knows you better than you do."
Oh, boy, I think the universe just spoke to me through you...
I always second guess the message the universe is sending not because I second guess the universe but because I second guess my interpretation of the message... It might be time to just act and trust that if I misinterpret, the universe will let me know. :-)
Thank you for this post!!

Bo Mackison said...

Have you ever considered a biking excursion...perhaps for women of a certain age or with limited distance bike experience. Add some "be fearless" inspiration. Voila. A little exercise for the body, mind, heart, and soul!

I'd be one of your first takers... :-)

Jackie Dishner said...

T.L., I think you're probably right. :-)

Bo, I have. Many times. Not sure I could do that without partnering with a bike tour company, because of the liability insurance and all. But I do know some touring companies to call. I think I'll have to finish my book first. Or maybe not. I like the "women of a certain age" concept. So I will think about how to make this possible. Thank you for the encouragement.

Cindy White said...

Deep breaths and take the plunge! Your classes will be fabulous!