What is really holding you back?

Journal Prompt #12

We are wired to blame others, circumstances, the economy, or COVID for what is “happening to us.” And while blaming protects the ego, it is also a disabling thought.

I just thought about it while I was contemplating booking a flight to Germany to visit my family during the holidays. The first thing that comes to mind is “COVID.”

But is COVID the thing that is stopping me? Of course, not! I can still fly. I think COVID is a convenient excuse not to fly – unless you have a severe medical condition, no vaccination, or are very scared of becoming sick. So if it’s not really about Covid, what is it?

If I am honest, it’s protecting myself from the inconvenience of travel, the hefty price tag, and from someone sticking a swap deep into my nose.

It’s Christmas, it’s my family, so I went and booked that flight.

How about you?

What is really holding you back?

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