“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.” At the beginning of my yoga class last week the instructor gave us yogis some pre-practice inspiration. She talked about the importance of choosing love over fear, and added a clip from Jim Carrey’s Maharishi University commencement speech for good measure. The message, that we need to actively choose love over fear when making decisions, really resonated with me. Maybe it was the zen, candle-lit environment or too many down dogs, but I walked out of class contemplating the roles love and fear play in our lives.
I think we can all easily recall a time when a decision was made out of fear rather than love. We can be afraid of taking on more responsibility or working towards that dream job. The possibility of failure is scary. We can be afraid to let people in to our lives; caring about others is scary too, especially when we know they might not always be there. But when we act on these fears-that things may fall apart or we’re not good enough-it only holds us back from what can be achieved. In Carrey’s speech he urges us to be bold and fight for what we want out of life. “What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it – please!”
Don’t let your path in life be clouded by negative thoughts, always tensed for what could go awry. How boring is that? Don’t settle for things you think you should want; your journey doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) resemble anyone else’s. And don’t be fearful of your potential; lend your talents to the world and leave an impact on others. “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.” Being conscious of what drives my decisions is something I definitely want to improve upon. We’ll all be happier with our choices, and lead lives that are truer to ourselves, if we begin to base our actions on love and faith rather than fear.