Are You Ready?
We have journeyed together through “On Fire.” This is the last chapter. Be sure to go to my website to submit your comments to be added into the drawing for a FREE COPY of “ON FIRE - The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” by John O’Leary.
When John is finally released from the hospital after 5 months, he recalls that it was his father whose words saved his life.
“Before Jack Buck appeared. Before the therapists stretched me. Before Nurse Roy walked in. Before the staff worked to save me. Before Mom appeared and asked that extraordinary, inspired question. Before anyone had a chance to do anything, the first person to visit me in the emergency room was Dad. Dad hadn’t been told the extent of my injuries. He hadn’t been warned about what he was about to step into….Nothing could have prepared him for it. His baby boy was going to die. Fear flooded him. What could he say? Why was this happening? Then Dad saw past the wounds, pushed past the fear, beheld his son, and immediately stepped in with love. He cut through his fear, the shock, and sadness, came directly to me leaned over, and smiled. he told me he was proud of me. and told me that he loved me. I LOVE YOU. Three simple words that changed my world, and they can change yours.”
“Whether you choose to be seized by love or fear will affect everything that happens in your life. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. Fall into fear, stay in fear, and it will decide everything.”
Fear shut the door on a possible relationship with the “one.” Even though he had learned to write, drive a car, shoot baskets, throw a baseball, he had no idea if anyone would want him. But it all changed with the “one.” When she wanted to love him like a sister, he slammed the door shut. After a year or so he still had feelings for her. He discovered that he had had very selfish motives. He let go of his fear of not being lovable, and opened the door of his heart to love her even if it wasn’t exactly as he had planned.
The 7th choice to ignite a radically inspired life:
Love is truly the key. When John focused on simply loving her and enjoying the moment with no strings attached. No expectations. No hidden agenda. It was more than enough. She fell for him. They married and now have 4 children and live in St. Louis, MO.
The number one thing holding us back from living a radically inspired life is fear. Fear keeps you from being accountable. Fear keeps you from embracing your story. Fear keeps you from going “All in”. Fear keeps you locked in victim mentality. Fear keeps you from growing and stretching. Fear keeps you focused on yourself. Fear keeps you stuck right where you are. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER WAY - Choose LOVE! It’s a choice and it’s up to us.
I have LOVED sharing this book with you. I hope you have been inspired to LIVE A RADICALLY INSPIRED LIFE!
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