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I Was Born to Do This

Dear Ones,

Try this one on:

“I’m not afraid. I was born to do this.”

-attributed to Joan of Arc

 Did you feel the way that washed over you? The way it sunk in and soothed the fear? Just a bit?

Me too.

 Her words make me feel brave. Like I can face the many things that shake me—like:

  • How my adult children, each time they leave, will be safe and return home to me (from time to time).
  • I can offer something of value to those who seek me out and trust me.
  • I can step up, when called or needed.
  • I can be my whole true self, even in the face of criticism, scrutiny, or rejection.
  • I can be wrong—I can fail… and, yet, still rise, still discover, still carry on.

Even doing my best Joan of Arc imitation, I’m still afraid.

But I was born to do this.

Have a Beautiful day!


p.s. If we stop and think about it, fear is a story about what we believe will happen in the future—the future that’s not even here yet!

Join me for an exploration of the common stories that get in our way in my e-book, Big Energy: How We Bravely Reclaim Our Health, Our Potential, Our Lives—It’s All In Our Stories.

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Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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