Day 2: Fear – Lying by Omission

This is part of a 30-day challenge where I will record myself telling you something I’m afraid of, something I’m afraid for people to know, or tell you about something that I did that I was afraid to do that day.

I challenge you to do the same.

It’s freeing. To take what you’re afraid of and do it. To expose it. To expose all of who you are (not telling you to flash your neighbors) for people to see.

I feel we live in a world where people are trying to pretend to be someone they’re not on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and on and on. We put up this fake self so that people think we’re only this small portion of who we really are. So here is all of me.




‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’

‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar sternly. ‘Explain yourself!’

‘I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir’ said Alice, ‘because I’m not myself, you see.’

‘I don’t see,’ said the Caterpillar.

‘I’m afraid I can’t put it more clearly,’ Alice replied very politely, ‘for I can’t understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.’

‘It isn’t,’ said the Caterpillar.

‘Well, perhaps you haven’t found it so yet,’ said Alice; ‘but when you have to turn into a chrysalis — you will some day, you know — and then after that into a butterfly, I should think you’ll feel it a little queer, won’t you?’

‘Not a bit,’ said the Caterpillar.



What are you afraid of today? What fear is holding you back from the greatness in you? Remember, greatness doesn’t have to be large. It can be very small indeed. Yet touch the lives of many, perhaps only one soul, in a very, very large way.



2 thoughts on “Day 2: Fear – Lying by Omission

  1. I have some friends (a couple) that my husband and I used to go camping with a lot. They moved out of state a few years ago. About 6 months ago I told my husband I wanted to plan a trip to visit them. I said “they’re not getting any younger”. I don’t want to wait too long and before we know it someone dies and we’ll never see them again.

    The woman I saw at least once a year at a retreat, so I just saw her last March! Well, she died. One of my best friends! I have no regrets though because we kept in touch regularly. I just wonder if I had like a premonition about this? In our last conversation we talked about meeting up in the Sierras again to camp. We would have made it happen! I guess there was a different plan.

    So maybe today I’m afraid I will take my loved ones for granted while they’re here. We don’t know what today will bring. I’m afraid I will want to see, hug, hear them just one more time when they are gone, but it will be too late!

    So I can make sure I value and love everyone I care about with my actions. Don’t just say, “I should call so an so”, do it! I think I can spare 5 minutes on the phone for someone I love and care about. A simple phone call, have coffee, a hug, & be kind. If I can just be present, listen, love, & be kind, I won’t have any regrets!

    1. How open of you. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 I’ve found I’m suddenly afraid of the same thing. My Papa dying opened my eyes to knowing that people aren’t a sum total of linear actions. To find who people are, I look at how they made me feel. I don’t want to waste my relationships either.
      Thank you 🙂

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