“Worry has no real power” ….John Chester

I grew up with worry. I had a mother who worried, a grandmother who worried, a dad who worried, aunts and uncles who worried. It was a culture. A culture of worry born out of the depression era of the 1930s & 40s followed by the Cold War.

Does worry accomplish anything at all? Yes. Worry wastes time. Worry causes stress. Worry interferes with relationships. Worry manifests illusions. Worry breeds distrust. Worry interferes with contentment, peace, happiness and serenity. Worry is born out of fear. Cultivating worry cultivates fear.

Can we learn to let go? Can we relieve ourselves of worry?

I believe we can.

For me I must realize that I am “part of” not the “master of”. I only contribute, I am not the all powerful. Life was here before me and will be after me. In letting go I gain the power of freedom. By focusing on what I can change, not what I can’t, I can actually make a difference.

Gratitude, it takes practice

It’s no secret here on Fearsome Beard that we have our soft side. Our soft side is not only how wonderfuly supple Aveda shampoos and conditioners leave Fearsome, but also that we are often inspired by Oprah and her guests on our path of personal growth. One of our long time favorites and previously posted is Brene Brown.

Below is a clip of one of her appearances on Super Soul Sunday:

Quotes I found powerful that I wish to contemplate today:

  1. “Cultivating gratitude is the way home.”
  2. “Gratitude, you have to work at it.”
  3. “There is no joy without gratitude.”
  4. “The most terrifying emotion is joy.”
  5. “When we loose our tolerance to be vulnerable, joy becomes verboding.”
  6. “Actively practice gratitude.”

For me, allowing my vulnerability to show …gives me freedom.

Being vulnerable means being honest. Being honest exposes me. Exposing me takes strenght. Strength gives me freedom. Freedom gives you (and me) me.

Vulnerability takes courage. Gratitude takes practice. Both produce Joy. Joy is my goal.