Serving or Avoiding Life

“You cannot serve life if you are scared of it”
– R. Naomi Remen
For example:
If I avoid painful emotional experiences within myself (an inherent part of living), I will be unable to be present for that experience when it shows up in my child. I may do many things for her (problem solve, coach, explain, teach, etc.) but I will not be able to be of true service to the life that is expressing itself in her in that moment.
Because I am scared of it. I have ignored it. I have abandoned it. Sad thing is, now, she will probably do the same to HERSELF. And on and on we go…
That is why bravely showing up for whatever form life takes as it expresses itself through you is the (true) beginning of healing.