Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fear & Less

Fear of Loss.

Loss of Health. Loss of Family. Loss of Friends. Loss of Love. Loss of Time. Loss of Freedom. Loss of Integrity. Loss of Truth.

Fear of Inadequacy. Fear of the Truth. Fear of the Lies. Fear of Physical Pain. Fear of my government. Fear of my neighbor. Fear of the Global World we live in. Fear of Opinions. Fear of Routine. Fear of Discipline. Fear of Success. Fear of Failure. Fear of Not Doing Enough. Fear of Not Being Enough. Fear of Doing Too Much. Fear of Action. Fear of Staying the Same. Fear of the Unknown. Fear of THE METEOR de-magnetizing this amazing time we live in. Fear of Drought. Fear of Fire. Fear of GMOs. Fear of Big Business. Fear of the Ignorant (read the Haters). Fear of Disapproval.

The Joy of less | Kim Coupounas | TEDxBoulder

"What is that abundance, that joy, that your heart aches for? And what can you have less of to make room for it?" ~ Kim Coupounas

18 months almost to the day when I wrote my last post.

It still comes down to Focus. "Hacking away at the unessential" (thank you Bruce Lee).

I've met some new people, been able to get rid of a lot more craft items, but am not close to living simply. I have slowly come to realize over the last few months that I have an extremely deep Fear.

I Fear I Am Not Enough. My head knows this is garbage. And yet it is the driving force behind the majority of my daily decisions.

Perhaps I equate Less with Loss. Fear of needing the information in the book on Herbal Remedies that I just donated to the Salvation Army. Some of the fear is real, some of it is imagined, some of it comes from the Preppers (TSHTF group -  when 'the shit hits the fan' group), most of it comes through the media, and Social Media.

So what prompted me to write today, this minute, on this subject? A 25 minute conversation with my cousin - who had worked for a company himself has applied to. I had emailed my cousin to ask about his time with that company, company culture etc... and in response to my email to him, he said "I'm free now if you'd like to call me" - with his phone number.

Some background: This cousin and I love our shared family - his grandfather (Earl) loved me as a little girl because I reminded his grandfather of his daughter, Betty Kay, who is this cousin's mother, and who died much too young. His grandmother (Tess), was my paternal grandmother, Ethel's sister (my great-aunt), and they are siblings in "This Family" and this Family is special. I last saw my cousin at the funeral of great-aunt CJ, and because the cousins are spread out, we are not connected.

So I called him. And we talked longer than I thought we would - and after we talked about the company he used to work for, we agreed we miss the Lindsey Family gatherings. And we talked about how much we both love my dad. And how it blows our minds that my younger brother is 40. And we talked about his recent move, and what he does now. And I caught up on what his sisters are doing - not a lot of detail, but I know where they're living at least. And we talked about camping - and how I asked himself for a pop-up trailer and I came home to a tent in the back yard (Sooooo not a pop-up trailer - lol!). And we connected. I want more of that in my life.

Connection. I still want to have a business I can run from the internet, and travel around in a trailer and stay connected to my family and my friends. I want to be able to sing and perform with my guitar and ukulele (which I played with on the day I got it, but I think about playing it every single day, along with getting back to the guitar) and meet new people all across the country. This thrills my wandering soul. I don't know why exactly I'm not afraid of that.

But -
But - ~
But - ~ ...

What stops me? Why am I unable to stay Focused on What I Want (what I really really want ♪)?

Go back to the quote - what can I have less of to make room for it?

I feel like I'm closer to action. Today, at least.

Recently I had a conversation and I shared that I am just so tired. Tired of being anxious, tired of feeling hopeless in trying to change some of my behaviors. Tired of not accepting myself for being enough. Tired of saying at the beginning of each day, "I will not have the donuts or the bagels or the brownies or the cookies or the pita bread or the flour tortilla" and by 10am I've had the boston cream donut, and the banana cream pie, and the chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzel bites from Trader Joe's. I know my tiredness in part is because I haven't budged on the weight loss. I'm 3 lbs away from when I started Medi-Fast. That's another whole post.

We had some new friends over for Scotch Eggs and Haggis last night - and I cleaned the house. It looks so nice and smells so good. The living room is mostly clear of the random stuff that collects, that goes unnoticed because there is So. Much. Stuff. to keep track of and it has no permanent home. I love this clean feeling. And when I think about what I 'should' do to keep it up, then I'm instantly tired and hopeless. The Overwhelm of Life. Managing the Details. Negotiating throughout the day - because really, Life is All Negotiation.

No wonder the ideas of "Be More With Less" and "Tiny Houses" and "Becoming Minimalist" are so attractive and gaining momentum.

I live in my head. I collect information. I  know things, but I don't necessarily understand. And while I've been known to make fast decisions (hello, marry himself and then move out of the country in a span of less than 6 months...), this idea of living with so much less is huge change. Acting on this "Less is More" thing is scary. I have all that Fear.


Heather Hale said...

As the new friend invited over for Haggis and Scotch eggs ;-) I'm fascinated by this post! ;-)

First of all ;-) your house looked beautiful! Sparkling! ;-) (And the food was great! But that is not the theme of our topic herein). As someone who shares the ups and downs of life - and weight! (OMG!) you should come over BEFORE we FINISH cleaning! ;-) LOL! So you don't see the illusion we'll project when we recip! ;-)

More importantly, your post made me think several things:

1) I'm going to send you audio book of The Magic of Tidying. A new best seller from Japan where there is ZERO recidivism amongst the author's clients and students. Even if that's a marketing boast - to have the confidence to be that bold and audacious engendered incredible inspiration in me to try her system - and it's working! And I can see how it can work longterm. It's a total paradigm shift - one we all need. As someone who has struggled with clutter her whole life (thanks Mom! ;-) ) mostly books, paperwork from a lifetime home office and clothes...OMG clothes... sized from 4 - 20! UGH! So let's get on that. I'll help you! ;-)

2) Your lists of fear and loss made me think of a wonderful exercise I'm going to do on my Tuscany Retreat. Put each one of those items on a 3" x 5" card - and have the writers create characters who have those fears - or who have lost xzy - or are tired of abc... ;-) and put them in a constellation of characters - and see what storylines and themes emerge. ;-) How wonderful if you could come with - but even if not ;-) we could practice this as a journaling exercise together! ;)

I also loved your inspirational music list. Do you have this as a play list on your MP3? If not, let's build it! And add to it! ;-)

And then we should walk. And talk. Or just jive to that music! ;-)

As an educator and motivational speaker ;-) I'd like to throw out the gauntlet ;-) and give you an assignment for your next blog: Hope & More. ;-) I'd love to read you flipping this on its end - as fear is the backside of hope. It's what we fill our sails with. It's what supports our wings. Make a list of what you hope for, what you want more of - what you are grateful for rather than tired of. ;-) I'd love to read that.

And then ;-) Here's a top secret assignment - one that only you will ever read. Get a journal - a beautiful journal - that you love the feel and look of, that fills you with anticipation to open it and fill its pages with your thoughts and dreams. ;-) And do the same exercise above - only in the past tense. Push your wildest fantasies to the extreme - then write about them as if they have already occurred ;-) and ALL your WILDEST dreams have come true. ;-) And you are SO GRATEFUL for ALL these AMAZING things that have MANIFESTED in your life in EXACTLY and PRECISELY the way you could only dare to imagine! ;-)


And see how you feel after THAT!


Then...we'll clean closets! ;-)

DesertSingerAZ said...

Yes. Yes. and YES! ♥ And thank you for reading, and replying! And can't wait for recip. And I used to be so very good about journalling, and anymore have become as discombobulated as it seems everything else is in my current life stage... inconsistent and unfocused. But I will heed your advice, and LOVE the idea of applying those fears to characters (I believe *everyone* has a story and a book to share inside of them ;-) )! Love Love Love. Thank you ♥ !