The unknown can make the most stable of us insecure. Grasping tightly to what we know feels like safety. It’s the fear we feel as kids going from a tricycle to a bicycle. Suddenly, we realize that there won’t always be an extra wheel to hold us up.

When it comes to life, no matter how surrounded by loved ones we are, on this journey we are essentially alone. Our parents are like those safety wheels, but as they age, we realize there is a thin veil between us and death.

Who do we go to when we need help? And how do we cope with the unknown?

At a certain point,  you might realize, nothing is truly safe. To really engage and participate in life, risks must be taken. Hiding from life is not only impossible, but it robs us of the gift of possibility. I love this quote from Real Simple magazine:

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble

The unknown is fraught with fear and anxiety. If you’re on that road now whether you’re afraid to show your whole self with a partner, coping with bipolar disorder, raising a teen, trying to control cravings or feeling out of control, our top posts this week will help you engage fully in life not escape it. The only way through the unknown, as we all know intuitively, is to walk through it. And in doing so, we might find a doorway to possibility and hope.

{Flickr photo by Volitare88}

Self-Love: The Key to Breaking the Fear Barrier to Feel Safe Enough Love
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Fear showing your true self to a loved one? To be involved in a truly, authentic relationship, you need the courage to show who you are, shadows and all. Read this to uncover what’s holding you back from intimacy and what you need to do to begin the journey towards greater love for others and yourself.

Eight Essential Steps To Freedom From Bipolar Disorder
(Bipolar Advantage) – How do you go from bipolar disorder to bipolar in order? Tom Wootton shares his enlightening keynote presentation at the annual conference for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Raising Teens Without Ruining Your Marriage: Three Principles
(Healing Together for Couples) – The teen years are a stressful and challenging time for parents. If you’re balancing raising a healthy and happy teen while safeguarding your marriage, learn what three things can help.

Mindful Eating Craving Control
(360 of Mindful Living) – If you struggle with controlling your cravings, you’ve learned what strategies don’t work. Here you’ll find out what will.

The Serenity Prayer
(Lessons from the Couch) – Sometimes reflection can mean the difference between anxiety and acceptance. Reflect on this full prayer and find pearls of wisdom to help you cope with whatever you’re going through.