Fearless, Love

Autumn Cherry Tree

 “Be who you are called to be and you will set the world ablaze!” –  St Catherine of Siena


FEARLESS adj. Without fear. Bold, Brave, Courageous, Intrepid, Valiant, Lionhearted, Audacious, Indomitable, Undaunted.

Someone once told me that “Be not afraid” or some derivative of that phrase, appears in the Bible 365 times – once for each day of the year.

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul. – William Ernest Henley

This year, FEARLESS is my word.  I am adding it to my word from last year, which is LOVE.


LOVE v. To will the good of another

Whenever I have the chance to avoid doing something, to avoid loving myself or another, I will remind myself to be fearless.  Fear is really the only thing that ever holds us back from doing what we ought, from becoming who we were meant to be.  It is what stops us from starting – or finishing – a project.  Fear is what stops us from following our hearts, from responding to grace.

This year, I will be fearless.  And this year, once again, I will love.  And hopefully love better because I am unafraid.

What is your word for the year?