The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines FEAR as:
- “an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm”,
- “a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety of someone”,
- “the likelihood of something unwelcome happening”.
Fear is a feeling that gets you to flee off the road when a high-speed vehicle is really hurtling towards you.
Yet, sometimes our fears are not founded on a real threat of danger, pain or harm. Sometimes, the FEAR rising up in us is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL.
This kind of fear immobilizes us. It can cause us to retreat, hide and worry. It can cause us to freeze on the spot. It can cause us to lash out to fight those false demons and ghosts we think are out to get us with sharp words and stinging comments. We do all this in an attempt to protect ourselves (or more likely our egos) from the uncertainty of an outcome or a possible unwelcome result.
It is this fear that is dangerous.
It can cause us to avoid taking the next step. Taking the next step may be a risk, but without taking that risk we don’t know if we will succeed or fail. We don’t know if we will experience something pleasant or something unpleasant.
Yes, there is uncertainty in life, (except for death and taxes!)
Yes, life has its ups and downs.
Yes, there is joy and there is pain.
Yet, if we let fear take over our lives, then we cease to truly live!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain.”
Also, Eleanor Roosevelt said:
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
So as you go forth this week, take the time to be still, to connect with Your True Self (Your Inner Strength, Your Source), and look your fears in the face and do the thing you think you cannot do because you are afraid. Then you will be able let your fears die and you will live more fully and more abundantly!