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Soul Battles: Fear

What is it that we fear the most?

Death?

Loss?

Failure?

Disgrace?

How can you define fear? Is it that thing you feel, that causes your heart to shudder and your entire body to quake with panic? Is it what causes you to scream for help and have tears spill in helplessness? Is the thing you fear what makes you restless and unable to ignore it? Unable to sleep? The haunting thought that always hovers, relentless to give peace of mind?

What is it that makes us fearful? Is it the uncertainty of life? The possibilities of pain or sickness? The inability to break away from bad habits? Changes?

Sometimes, it’s easy to look past certain fears and come to accept the uncertainty of life and its heartlessness. But sometimes what we fear most is ourselves. At times we are afraid to make decisions that will inevitably shape our lives – whether for good or bad – and open pathways that we sometimes are fearful to take. Opportunities that may open up to us are fogged by our indecisiveness and inhibitions stemming from our fears.

Why are we so fearful to take the chances? Is it because we cannot accept when things do not go as we have conjured it in our minds? Do we spoil ourselves to distort our minds with overreaching optimistic thoughts and retract when the opposite happens?

It isn’t easy to face many fears. We can try though, to combat our fears with the determination to overcome them. To take chances when life throws them at us. To take opportunities and see if a new door opens to us.

Fears may be hard to deal with.

But to have regrets are worse. We mustn’t be fearful to take chances and grab onto opportunities that offer themselves to us. They may not come again and the memories can only stir regret, disappointment and sadness.

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ~Dostoyevsky

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance” —FDR – First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

 

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This entry was posted on January 4, 2013 by in Personal and tagged , , , .
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