Posted by: Judy | July 14, 2014

I’m going to give it a try…

I think I’ve mentioned somewhere I follow David Rutherford, founder of Team Froglogic. I found him on FB and have been following him for quite a while now. I endeavor to listen to his radio program every Saturday. He’s started a new blog. This week’s post:

http://www.teamfroglogic.com/navy-seal-blog/embrace-fear-mission-1-search-for-the-truth/

I’ve never been in the military. I have a high regard for those who serve.

My interest, of course, started with romance novels. However, I lumped military heroes in with all the other heroes. Granted, I had a preference for the warrior types. The power and strength appealed. Protectors. Both willing and able to guard their own.

A few years ago, I discovered I had no idea what honor really was. A new journey began. I learned many of my perceptions were wrong. I learned how much I didn’t know. I learned how honor inseparably tied into truth.

I saw an interview with Marcus Luttrell. I read Lone Survivor. He changed everything.

Warriors understand the need to fight evil and never give up or give in. They value life and innocence. Both are worth fighting for. They understand fear. They also understand hard work, the importance of practice, the need to rise above what’s expected.

As I’ve read various blogs and books, I’ve discovered lessons I’m able to use in my own battle.

Some of the things I’ve learned:

One of the quotes that captured my attention and spoke to my heart is one of the SEAL mottos: The only easy day was yesterday.

This gave me so much hope. I’ve lived my whole life being told that if I were patient and faithful then everything would be better. It wasn’t.

My SEAL heroes encouraged me to fail. Yes, fail. The idea is to push myself beyond my best. I would learn what my best was and set a new bar for a new best.
Being uncomfortable is a preferable state because it means I’m striving.
Writing down all my fears, a lengthy list indeed, is uncomfortable. I tend to tackle them in small bunches and batches. It’s easier.
The only easy day was yesterday.

Responses

  1. I enjoyed that show too. Also suggested having a team. I figure that means we’re not facing our fears alone.

    • Yes! It also means someone cheering for your success not your failure, someone who’ll help pick you up when you fall, someone who has your back.

  2. I like this. It’s very applicable to marathon training. The only way to get better/faster/stronger is to do hard workouts and suffer a bit through them. Then knowing I made it through helps me realize I can do hard things and push myself to the next level.

    • I’m so proud of you and excited for you. Your push to do better encourages me even though I will never be able to run again. It does inspire me to keep walking. 🙂

  3. Looking into the face of fear, really looking is certainly not easy. I have wondered if some of my choices are based in fear, and it isn’t always clear to me. I feel fear daily. hourly. not quite minutely thankfully. I do have moments of strength in between. But right now I am surviving by not looking too closely. Like the old “don’t look down” sometimes you can push yourself to do what seemed impossible by shielding yourself from the full face of fear. I need to think about this some more and see if it something I am ready to do. My guess is I may be ready to dig into some fears, and that others may need to stay in the shadows until I am ready. But I do know that one day I will be ready. Great link, really made me think.

    • I’m attempting to do this, and it’s harder and easier than I expected. Some things I knew. Easy. Some things I didn’t. Hard.


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