Eleanor Roosevelt is known as the longest serving First Lady of the United States as well as being a strong and fearless role model.
Yet in her autobiography she described her younger self as being timid, afraid of the dark, and of punishment, and longing to be loved. But by repeatedly facing what frightened her, she learned “once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before.”
This is a similar expression her husband famously coined: “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” The difference is in the freedom she describes: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”
As you find yourself facing medical mayhem my prayer is that you face fear squarely in the face and triumph with the strength, courage and confidence of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Source: Daily Inspiration Podcast, January 23, 2023