Thursday Thought: Fear

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

America the brave still fears what we don’t know
—Macklemore

Fear is sometimes a great motivator for staying put. For being cautious and not moving forward. For waiting out the unknown in the hopes it will soon become known.

Under these circumstances, fear is keeping us small. Keeping us from moving forward. Keeping us inside our comfort zone, in which there is little room or opportunity for growth.

But what if fear motivates us to act? When the choices we make come from a place of fear, they cannot come from a place of hope or love or value. They come from a place of the unknown.

Fear often directs us from a place of needing to feel protected. When we’re feeling like we need to protect ourselves, we are more likely to lash out, to harm, to behave in a way that is not in alignment with our hopes, our values, or the love we have for ourselves and others.

This isn’t to say that we ought to shun our fears. They are trying to tell us something important. What’s necessary is to listen to those fears for what’s really being said. And then to make choices based in rational thought rather than reactive fear.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
—Nelson Mandela

 

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