I’m a dreamer. An idea-maker. A plan-outliner. A talk-it-out-er. When something new comes to mind I instantly feel like I can conquer all of my ideas with the snap of two fingers. It feels so easy. And then, I get myself all set up and ready to begin, only then to do what I do best: sit on an idea because of fear.
It’s such a small word, but it’s also so debilitating sometimes.
Fear has held me back from starting many things, or starting “on time”, because I’m afraid of what will happen once I begin. And most of the time what happens is fun or exciting or rewarding or a necessity to life, but it’s like I’ve psyched myself up too much and in the process end up talking myself out of it.
Do you ever have that problem with fear?
Sometime write me and tell me I’m not alone.
I’ve been wanting to make Maxwell something to snuggle with at night since the day he was born.
At first I thought it would be too hard. Oh, hello fear. There you are.
Then I thought it would be too expensive, but that’s not true if you plan ahead ;)
And then I thought making a template and cutting the fabric, simply getting to work, would take way too long — hours, even. And I don’t have hours to give right now! No way! (Laughs aloud.)
More realistically, I have 20-minute increments, just like every other woman who has her hands full with blessings.
But what I’m realizing is all of the good things in life take hours.
And once you add up all the 20-minute increments, do you know what you are left with? You are left with a heaping pile of hours that overflow from your hands. You have so much goodness and love and memories invested from the time put into “all the good things”, that your life truly overflows.
Good things take hours made possible through minute increments.
And you know what? I want that. I want an overflowing life. No — re-write: I have an overflowing life. And so do you. So just get to work. Don’t think about the what-ifs and the fears and the challenges that starting something new will bring you.
Just give it 20 minutes, and wait for the goodness to overflow. I’ll see you there.