Don’t Be Scared To Be Open

There are certain situations I tend to avoid.

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Face A Fear Everyday:: Don’t Be Afraid To Be Selfish

I like to think that life is a balance between being selfish & selfless.

Face A Fear Everyday:: Don't Be Scared To Be Selfish

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Friday Fun:: Let’s Sushi Samba

 It’s been a year since I first went to Sushi Samba but let’s just say my head might still be in the clouds…

The Asian Destination:: Sushi Samba

and with a view like this, can you blame me!?

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Sometimes you just need to get away from it all…

Sometimes you might need to just get away from it all, right?

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A Little Valentine Birthday Wish

So for those of you that have been staying updated with #FAFE, you’ll know that the month of February was: ‘Don’t be scared to be yourself’.

This #FAFE in particular requires a little help from some dedicated TAD readers…

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Don’t fast forward the good bits.

“Enjoy, revel and relish each and every moment for what it is.

You will never be getting back these few moments of your life.”

– The Asian Destination

A lot of the time we wish away our lives:

-when we’re young, we long to be older.

-When we’re teens, we yearn to be at university.

-Whilst at university, this syndrome kicks into reverse.

We suddenly want to return back to childhood, to a time when worries were as bad as learning to tie shoelaces.

Each and every day is meant to be cherished for what it is. Each obstacle we face is supposed to teach us certain lessons, so embrace the lessons and learn.

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Light up, Lift up and Don’t be afraid to SHINE

So, we’ve spoken about this before. The fear of ‘shining’. What does this mean? What does this entail?

A Christian friend said to me at her local church service today, this theme was also discussed.

What often amazes me is that at their core, so many religions share fundament core values such as love, peace, hope and an ultimate faith in the ‘divine source’. The term ‘religion’ often just acts as a means of different people reaching their own ‘enlightenment’ or ‘path’ and if that path helps maintain their faith, brings them closer to a sense of meaning…then what is the harm in that?

I thought it was apt to discuss it here, given that today is officially Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in the Hindu calendar.

As a child, I was painfully shy. I would still classify myself as ‘shy’ though age, experience and wisdom has helped me to spread partial wings and leaving a shell that remains, if I ever need it to retreat to.

One other thing that happened as I was growing up is that I became scared to ‘shine’. There may be some people that can relate to this. We don’t want to appear different; we would rather hide in the shadows and be a ‘sheep’ than step out into the unknown and embrace the things that help us stand out, even if it was to the detriment of our own success. I was scared of being unique.

Diwali is a time for rebirth, rejuvenation and reflection. It reminds me that we don’t need to wait for the new year to make a new resolution (however, today is obviously convenient because The Festival of Lights symbolises new beginnings anyway…!).

Why?

Because each and every moment is a moment of rejuvenation, an opportunity to change. Though obvious, the idea hit me again today and emphasised one important point.

So many of us are victims to making ’empty promises’. You know what I mean:

When ‘x’ happens….I’ll do ‘y’

We wait for ‘the perfect time’, we make up excuses and dim our light.

STOP. Today is your day to ‘Face A Fear Everyday’. Today is your day to not ‘shelf your light’ but in fact to shine your light.

Embrace what you have to offer the world, we’re all different. Be proud to be unique.