We may fear failure— but what we really fear is what it means if we do fail—we fear not being good enough, not mattering, not being loved. What I’ve learned is this: I used to think courage meant you had no fear and that’s what made someone courageous but courage is simply choosing to play in life despite the fear.
When I choose to shine despite my fear, my heart and soul feel liberated, inspired, on fire, and alive…yes, alive…so I say to you… when you feel that fear come up, courageously step into your power and magnificence and just be! There you will find the Spirit of Play.
The Spirit of Play
What am I to learn from failure, God?
“Patience, love, and joy in just being.
Failure is an illusion
And is designed to help you
In all that you are.
The endless struggle to have to
Achieve something to gain your worth
Is fruitless and impermanent.
It will only fan the flame of creation in you
But will not source it.
This, my beloved, must come from within.
The joy—the inner knowing so deep
You can see you already are
All you wish to be…
That when you create
From a Space of Joy,
It doesn’t matter who listens.
Set fire to your own soul and in this
You’ll spark a fire in others’ hearts
Without even the strain and
Burden of struggle.
It is then you are free.
The Spirit of Play is
What will fan
And in this there exists
Go out and play.”
-Heart to Heart with God-
(From the book, “May I Only Leave Rose Petals” by J.S. Drake)