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Fear Can Rob Us

I have often lived my life in fear. It has kept me from taking action when I know doing something--anything-- will bring me past the terror and into a destination where I feel better, have a better future, am happier, and feel more accomplished.

Being fearful of things, which pose a threat to one's life or happiness (or any number of other things) is certainly natural, so it seems. But, when we allow fear to lie to us by our own creation, it robs us of the joy and success and love we deserve to feel and experience.

I know many who are facing great transitions in their lives, including myself. We are all standing at the edge of a cliff. We all feel like we will not survive the jump. Some will not jump because of that fear.

Others, however, will close their eyes, take a deep breath, and...learn how to fly.

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© Copyright 2015 - Coral Levang. All Rights Reserved

Adapted from original written and published on October 4, 2014 at Bubblews, but removed by author.

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Feisty56 wrote on July 19, 2015, 10:26 AM

Wasn't it FDR who told the world, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"? Fear is a great equalizer -- it can stop us short in our tracks, prevent progress or growth, and eat us alive from the inside out. If any one of us has the chutzpa to look that fear in the face and act in spite of it, it is you. : )

Kasman wrote on July 19, 2015, 10:58 AM

Feisty56 - FDR said it in his inaugural address but he wasn't the sole author of that speech and the true source is lost in the mists of time ( ). There is a very similar mantra to be found in the Dune series of SF books by Frank Herbert the first of which was published in 1965 and he may have taken the idea from FDR's speech. It is known as the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear ( ) and as a philosophy to live by it deserves consideration - although it is probably very difficult to follow in all circumstances!

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 11:52 AM

Feisty I'm not sure of the quote, but it looks like kasman has shed some light.

I think that fear is a valid emotion. But it is when we allow worry to become the lie that fear tells to us, where we get into a conundrum that often leaves us motionless. Though I appreciate your kind comment, I have my times when I sit and do nothing, out of fear.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 11:54 AM

"I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once."
Oh, how I appreciate your sharing this, kasman ! Thank you!

Kasman wrote on July 19, 2015, 12:01 PM

CoralLevang - if you scroll down a little further you will see the full mantra.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 12:02 PM

I did see that, yes.

Feisty56 wrote on July 19, 2015, 12:28 PM

You are a wealth of information! I think I've found my new go-to person for questions on history.

Feisty56 wrote on July 19, 2015, 12:33 PM

And let's not forget Shakespeare's words on the topic, from "Julius Caesar, " paraphrased as, "A coward dies a thousand deaths; a hero dies but one."

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 19, 2015, 2:21 PM

Fear can be healthy but the important thing is not to let fear come to rule your every decision.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 2:40 PM


cheri wrote on July 19, 2015, 9:46 PM

I am also like that. I have a lot of fears especially when I got married and had children but I am trying my best not to be swallowed by any of it.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 2:06 AM

It is so easy for us to allow fear to swallow us, if we let it. Sometimes, we simply need to make a choice not to let it get the best of us.