Monday, March 9, 2015

Say 'hi' to your fears

Fear. It's a huge topic, isn't it? Not one of us escapes this life without experiencing lots of it. I mean, lots of it. Many books have been written about it.

Do you ever think you're the only one so bound up by fear? Not so.

I do invite you to look it in the eye, however. See whether you can simply say "Hi" to it—acknowledge it—and take some small steps toward the object of your fear. Perhaps you'll be able to simply see it and not become its victim.

Some fear is helpful in that we need a warning that danger really is ahead. A storm is coming. Icy roads are ahead. Someone is about to harm us.

Most times, though, our fears are more about loss of control. We'll goof up. People will laugh at us. They'll think less of us. We'll fail. We won't have enough ______ (fill in the blank on that one).

Our fear offers us a chance to go deeper, to know ourselves better, to trust ourselves and others, to learn to let go our illusionary grip on control. But it all begins with saying "Hello" to it. As the saying goes, "Feel the fear and do it anyway." Got any fears you could work on today?

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