Are you driving with your brakes on?

I have been known to drive with my brakes on at times. It sure slows things down. Anyway, here is a thought from Anthony De Mallo who shares some positive thoughts on how to navigate through the tough times in our lives.

When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tension about succeeding… you can be yourself. Relax. You’ll no longer be driving with your brakes on.
Anthony De Mallo

When we are depressed, we isolate, we abandon ourselves to what others think about us, who we should be, a life that is lived as someone that we are not. If you can’t be free of what others want you to be, you’ll spend time with the brakes on, afraid to make courageous choice to change!

Depressed Anonymous, is a 12 Step fellowship where we learn how to relax, see ourselves as we really are, restored, and ready for a new adventure, as we thrive and continually prize our newly restored self.

Hugh S., for the fellowship

2 thoughts on “Are you driving with your brakes on?”

  1. Anthony DeMello was a brilliant modern saint. At least of my time. Ramana Maharshi died too long ago for me to have been able to see or hear him in living person. But Tony DeMello was around when I didn’t even know I needed to hear what he was saying, “Wake up! That’s all you can really do.” Of course it took me many more years to realize just what that meant even with all my attention to mindfulness and such. I was still mindfully asleep. But I got desperate enough by about 2008 to realize that I just needed to “Wake up!”
    Though I still struggle many days I occasionally remember to wake up and take a break from the personal sense of the struggle and then I maybe help someone in passing without even realizing it. But some years later a few of those folks found me again and thanked me for this amazing help I gave them. And all I recall was that I was walking along the sidewalk or sitting in a bench and shared a few ideas and received a few idea from this person.

    Those have been the most impactful things on me that I’ve experienced. I knew that for a little while I was awake in part because Tony once said, “All you have to do is wake up.”

    Thank you for posting this which brought a joyful memory of a joyful person back to mind.


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