Assuming the Power of Fear | 1 of 5

Fear has no power over me anymore.

I used to fear death.

I once feared life’s trials and tribulation. Transitions. Pains. The unknown. Now I know I cannot fear anything that is smaller than myself.

FEAR

noun
  1. 1.
    an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
verb
  1. 1.
    be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.

People today, I know, live more often in fear than in love. And like love, a subject for another day, fear has many many major and minor relatives: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Yes, those are indeed the 7 Deadly Sins.  We tend to fear trivial things, debt, death, Hell, confrontation, homelessness, joblessness, change, progress . . . the list could go on for days. Yet, even the law of Conservation of Mass says “nothing can be created nor destroyed.” Therefore, it can be conceived by both the scientist and the religious person that not even death has the power to conquer or destroy your being or your spirit. Eh, that is unless you allow an Entity such as fear to rule over you. So why would you let fear win you over?        Imagine for a moment you do as many people I’ve encountered: you spend every day of your working life fearing the lose of your home or other material possessions. It’s safe to say you haven’t given yourself much time to spend on figuring out how to uplift, maintain and eventually keep your home. Fear keeps us burdened and mislead by the assumed “cannot’s” and the “impossible’s”. Thus, we never truly take the necessary steps to alleviate ourselves of fear or life’s nightmares—so we can ultimately live peacefully and abundantly in wealth of all sorts.

I. too, have fallen victim to fear many times—due to my  own personal pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. And although I cannot take those moments back, I do not regret them. I no longer try to justify them. Instead I used them like NFL playbooks and practice film. I reflect on and analyze them while asking myself “what can I do better next time?” “How do I avoid being the mean one, the procrastinator, the materialist, the hoarder of clothes . . . yeah it gets deep. And I’m sure if you are anything like me your list of FEAR triggers are just as daunting.

So why not crave something less fearful and more exhilarating—purpose defining, progressive, invigorating . . .        okay,  you get the point. But seriously it is time to crush those aged fears like a basket full of grapes, pour yourself a nice tall glass of wine or whatever your pleasure, woosah, relax and start planning your own fearless breakthrough.

I lived on Dread –To Those who know

The Stimulus there is
In Danger — Other impetus
Is numb — and Vitalless —

As ’twere a Spur — upon the Soul —
A Fear will urge it where
To go without the Sceptre’s aid
Were Challenging Despair.

—Emily Dickinson, (Poem: #66: I lived on Dread)

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