I often wonder, whether or not I am headed in the right direction. I seem to be wandering around aimlessly. Hopelessly lost in a society that is quick to judge, quick to blame, and deathly afraid of change. I get inspired, I feel the fire burning in my soul, and I set off to change the world, but when the path gets rocky, I start to worry, and run back to that increasingly familiar place. A stagnant place, of strange comfort. Then, feeling the shame of failure, I commence to wallow in the mire of self pity. Fear keeps me grounded in this place. What will people think if I try and fail? What if I lose everything? What If I am wrong? But what if I could live without fear?
Fear Is Natural
Fear is good. Fear is helpful. Fear is something that all humans have. Without fear, the human race would have been drowned, eaten, trampled, or dashed to pieces before we had a chance to become a dominating force on this planet. Fear is not the enemy, and attempting to live without it will only lead to frustration.
If Not Fear, Then What is the problem?
If you are sleeping, and your house becomes engulfed in flames, your smoke alarm will go off. If you are cooking, and spill some grease on the range, it might also go off. In the first situation, you would be wise to grab your cat, run outside, and try to get some help. However, you would not react the same way in the second situation, even though the same alarm is going off. You would silence the alarm, clean up your mess, and move on with your day.
Fear is like a smoke alarm. It is programmed to go off in every situation that has the potential to cause death, dismemberment, loss, or even discomfort. Sometimes it requires immediate action on our part, but sometimes we simply need to acknowledge the fear, release it, and press forward. Inappropriate reactions to fear, not fear itself, is what causes so many of our problems
Fear, and our other emotions, are not meant to be navigators on our journey through life. We need to remain awake, aware, and in the driver’s seat, taking fear and our other emotions into account, but not allowing them to become a dominating and controlling force.