Are You A Big Chicken?

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~Joseph Campbell 

Do you lack courage to take chances in life?

At some time or another we all have allowed fear to rule a situation in our lives.

It takes faith to seize opportunity as few prospects in life are guaranteed.

Every action we take involves risk.

We risk ridicule, rejection, failure, and sorrow.

We also face the possibility of approval, acceptance, success, and happiness.

When we avoid chance we avoid living.

We mustn’t allow our fear to paralyze us thus our lives become stagnant.

We must let go of fear and embrace freedom.

Life involves change. We can’t experience growth without it.

You can’t win the game if you don’t play.

Living in the Gap

March 4, 2012 – Entertaining and noisy squirrels

Thump. Pitter. Patter. Tap. Tap. Scurry, Scurry. Tap. Tap. Tap. This racket travels from one side of the roof to the other. I look outside to see a squirrel fling through the air and onto the pine tree. Whoosh, the second one follows and teeters as he almost loses his balance. He chases the first one up the tree. The first squirrel sneaks around and beneath the other one and startles him causing him to jump to the ground and run across the yard. The squirrel still on the tree comes over to the squirrel stand, which now only consists of the chair since the table part fell off and we haven’t fixed it yet. He sits on the chair, backs his back against the tree and holds the front of the seat with his front feet to keep himself in place. He looks about as if to ask where his table and food are…he hangs on with one foot and twists his body to catch hold of the tree with his other front hand and takes off up the tree for more silly antics.

31 thoughts on “Are You A Big Chicken?

  1. “Life involves change” … I have found that even if you are afraid of something and try to avoid it … things change anyway. If you don’t choose your own change, things will change without your input and you are forced into a change you most likely do not want. It is better to add some direction to the change if you can … even if you are afraid. You need to be more afraid of the mysterious change that will happen if you don’t face it.

    Ahh…. squirrel Spring romance has begun ….

  2. When we quell the Ego’s fear of rejection and desire for approval . . . life becomes so much easier.

    We happily steer our own ship in whatever direction we please. 😀

    Thanks, Suzi.

  3. “Life involves change. We can’t experience growth without it.

    You can’t win the game if you don’t play.”

    Exactly!

    And I agree with bearyweathers, comment….

    ” I have found that even if you are afraid of something and try to avoid it … things change anyway.”

    Change is inevitable, so why not embrace it and go with the flow. I’ve learned more about myself through change, than anything else.

    GREAT post, Suzi!

    Happy Sunday!

    X

    P.S. LOVED your Living in the Gap!!!!!

  4. Yesterday I learned that the word Courage derives from the Latin Cor – heart. The original meaning of the word courage was to tell the story of who you really are with a whole heart. Today it seems to have taken on the added context of daring to BE who you really are — with a whole heart.

    “You can’t win the game if you don’t play.” And you can’t PLAY without courage. Yes!

  5. I’ve always been a rather fearless type. Sometimes it’s worked out great. Other times “not so much”. Still, you learn to “make it work” even if it’s not perfect. Oh there was that one time I threw the baby out with the bathwater, but hey! Nobody’s perfect.

  6. I love, “You can’t win the game if you don’t play.” How very true! Sometimes it’s so hard to enter the fray, to put ourselves “out there,” but only the brave succeed. The others, I’m afraid, just slink away.

  7. If you choose to do nothing, you still have made a choice. Taking a big step is hard; but, weighing the risks versus the gains, it often is better to take that step. In my case it was the hot air balloon ride. Now I look forward to another opportunity to fly in a different direction or location. As you say, “We mustn’t allow our fear to paralyze us thus our lives become stagnant.” Don’t be afraid to try new things.

  8. I’ve always tended to be a big chicken – I would take the safe route. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly daring now, but I am getting better. You make a good point that change isn’t always bad – sure there’s a chance for things to not turn out like we hoped, but there’s an equal chance that they will.

  9. Does the rooster look like Foghorn Leghorn, or is that just me?
    Our pastor encouraged us to give up all those negative things for Lent–fear, worry, gossip, etc.
    Poor squirrels, no table? 🙂

  10. I think sometimes I am a chicken and sometimes I am not. I try not to be but sometimes fear gets the best of me.

    Living in the Gap: You know I love squirrel stories. I put nuts out today and oddly they didn’t get eaten. Hmmm.

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