Recently actor Jim Carrey told graduates at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, that they'd have two choices when they walked through the institution's doors to go out into the world: love or fear.
"Choose love," Carrey told them, "and don't ever let fear turn you against your playful heart." He told the graduates that he wished more people could realize "all their dreams and wealth and fame" because then they would see "that it's not where they're gonna find their sense of completion."
Further, he told them that fear would be "a player in your life" but they would get to decide how much to let it drive them. "So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it," added the author of children's books and the founder of The Better U Foundation.
How much of a role does fear play in your life? What do you do when fear comes to call, as it does regularly when you try reach for your dreams or pursue your passions? Are you able to look fear in the eye and see beneath its disguise? Naming it helps tame it. Facing up to it and seeing it for what it is helps shrink it so it's more manageable. Then it's so much easier to make that other choice: love.