‘Don’t move the way fear makes you move’, says Rumi. And that has been my inspiration for the week.
A very sad incident (sorry, I can’t share details), an indirect outcome of a decision of ours, made me look at the intention behind our decision. And I came to the conclusion that the decision was based on fear or at least wanting to do the right thing.
I often want to be seen as ‘doing the right thing’. It’s something that I have been working on, but only this week, did I realize that the underlying cause of this was fear.
This set me off on a path of looking more closely at the decisions I make – even the small, every day ones. They are often motivated by fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what people will think. Of making a mistake. Of not completing what I start and therefore, not beginning at all.
In this year, where I want to focus on doing things intentionally, it’s important for me to look at every decision more closely. I want to make my decisions based on my principles and do what is meaningful and based on love. As one inspired soul added to the Rumi quote – ‘Move the way love makes you move‘.
Don’t Move The Way Fear Makes You Move and MLK
By the time the Montgomery bus strike was achieving both success and national attention, Dr. King began receiving telephone death threats (as many as 40 a day).
“One night very late around midnight—and you can have some strange experiences at midnight—the telephone rang.” Dr. King relates the story in a later sermon. “On the other end was an ugly voice.”
“For some reason, it got to me. I was weak. Sometimes, I feel discouraged… You can’t call on Daddy anymore. You could only call on the Something your Daddy told you about, that Power that can make a way out of no way.”
And at that kitchen table, he prayed. “Lord, I’m down here trying to do what’s right… But I must confess… I’m losing my courage.”
King explained what happened next: “I could hear an inner voice saying to me, ‘Martin Luther, stand up for truth. Stand up for justice. Stand up for righteousness.'”
I’m reminding myself to operate from principles and love and not from fear.
Who are what has inspired you this last week?
This week I’m posting for WQ #156: Windows Into The Past: People Who Inspire A Lifetime Of Beliefs