Rumor has it if you follow a rainbow you will find a leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end. Life coach Marie Forleo says following fear instead of passion leads to greater success as fear tells you which way your soul needs to grow. I asked the wisest creature I know – my horse Lennie – if she thought I should chase leprechauns or fear.
Lennie doesn’t speak English so her answers can be hard to interpret, but I’m pretty sure she came down on the side of fear. Ever since I laid eyes on this pretty sorrel mare she has been forcing me to confront my fears. What happens if I lose control of this huge creature? (Call for help to walk her by the scary goat) Will I break a bone if fall off? (Not always, she fell on me once and I had nary a bruise) Can I ride well enough to compete? (Apparently so, we won third in the first trail class we entered).
What I’ve learned from Lennie is that fear is all on the inside – at least in my world, where falling bombs and serious external threats are rare.
The things that terrify are often paper dragons in our minds. I chuckled at Lennie’s fear of arena corners knowing there were no horse-eating monsters lurking there. Now I weep over her approaching death while she munches happily on oats. What frightened her didn’t scare me because it wasn’t real in my eyes. And I guess to her live-in-the-moment mind, death isn’t real or scary either.
So as people break out the green beer and search for shamrocks, I vow to be more like Lennie and stop building up my fears. I will acknowledge they exist but lean into them knowing most will fade away like mist on an Irish meadow.
What will you be following? Leprechauns, fear or something else?