Does fear protect us from harm? Possibly. A case can be made that some fears are good protectors but, not all. How many great experiences and incredible opportunities have been missed because of unreasonable, nonsensical fears?
Fear is an emotion manufactured in the imagination. The best proof of this is found by observing the differences in what people are afraid of. If fear was instinctive or the product of rational thought, shouldn’t we all fear pretty much the same things?
“Some people are afraid of heights. I’m afraid of widths.” — Steven Wright
“For the most part, fear is nothing but an illusion. When you share it with someone else, it tends to disappear.” — Marilyn C. Barrick
“FEAR is an acronym in the English language for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real'” — Neale Donald Walsch
There is a relationship between fear and negative thoughts similar to the chicken and egg quandary. It’s hard to say which came first. Which is the cause and which is the effect?
“Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.” — Michael Pritchard
“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.” — George Sewell
Fear is a favorite subject for movies and television because it makes for good drama and better comedy. The cowardly Lion from the “Wizard of Oz” may be the most well-known icon of fear. The main character in the television show “Monk” is a caricature of fear. Amusing dialog and plot twists are based on his personal catalog of fears. The movie “What About Bob?” is one of my favorite comedies.
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” — James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926
“There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.” — Cyril Connolly (1903 – 1974)
Fear can be a powerful motivator.
“Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.” — Horace Smith
“To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves…We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here, with its gift of energy and heightened awareness, so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation.” — Peter McWilliams, Life 101
Fear can be tamed and it can be conquered. History is full of examples of ordinary people who became heroes merely by beating down their fears.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” — Ambrose Redmoon
“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” — John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 – 1890)
“Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.” — Dr. David M. Burns
“Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.” — Book by Susan Jeffers
“The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.” — Ellen Goodman
“He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” — Dorothy Bernard
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to pick a fear, any fear, and challenge it before the week is over. Then, brag about it to your best friend.
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