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Wading through fears

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Last night while at the State fair with my family I watched my four year old ggd wade through fears she had harbored until now.
She would never go on any of the rides save the Merry go round and then only sitting on a bench with me. At the fair all this changed.
We were eying the canoe ride while she contemplated her fear versus her desire to go on the ride. I encouraged her and told her she would see each one of us while she rode( her dad,mom, Auntie, GGP, and me). She then asked me to look at the tepee part with her. After stationing each one of us at various site points, She then faced down her fear and went on the ride for the very first time! What helped her through her fear was keeping an eye on each of her supporters as she braved the unknown.
Next she asked me to go on the Merry go round with her. This was not new because we always sit on a bench during this ride. On the way to the Merry go round I encouraged her to ride a horse this time. I told her I would be standing right by her. Again she overcame her fear and let me put her on a horse. I buckled her on and with my around her she rode the horse with her other supporters cheering her on. She kept saying " this is so much fun!" I asked if she was gals she chose to ride the horse. She replied with an enthusiastic "Yes !"
The next fear she faced was riding on a real Pony! Again with her proud supporters and fans cheering her on she faced down her fears and confidently rode the pony! We all told her how proud we were of her. What was the most rewarding was her statement " I am proud of myself!
The lesson I have been pondering from this experience is " How can I use this experience in my own life?
What fears do I need to face down and conquer? And who are my Strongest
supporters and Cheering section?
By facing my fears daily and keeping plugged into Spark people and my other supporters I to can be "Proud of myself."

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    That's an amazing story of a dear young girl who overcame. You all gave her the strength....You are her safety net!
    I, too, have many fears. My biggest one? Talking to strangers, men especially. Baby steps.
    I got the doctor's clearance today to go back to Curves in September! Its been 5 months. Of course, I am so busy this weekend and they are closed on Monday. I will try to go at least 2 times a week for next 2 weeks, then increase it. I have lost so much strength. Baby steps. Facing MY fears now!
    Enjoy your week!
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    Comment edited on: 8/30/2012 10:51:05 PM
    Aw, you just helped her learn for the rest of her life that she can face her fears and conquer them. Sweet gift for life you gave her!
    2002 days ago
    And think how proud your GD was feeling last night!

    Face up to Fear!
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    2002 days ago
    Great life lesson
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