Hi, My Name Is….

Last night I met someone that I’ve known all of my life – but have never understood.  You may know him too.  I usually choose to ignore him, pretend he is not here.  But sometimes he insists on following me around all day and all night.

“I am Fear. I am the menace that lurks in the paths of life, never visible to the eye but sharply felt in the heart. I am the father of despair, the brother of procrastination, the enemy of progress, the tool of tyranny.

Born of ignorance and nursed on misguided thought, I have darkened more hopes, stifled more ambitions, shattered more ideals and prevented more accomplishments than history could record.

Like the changing chameleon, I assume many disguises. I masquerade as caution. I am sometimes known as doubt or worry. But whatever I’m called, I am still fear, the obstacle of achievement.

I know no master but one; its name is Understanding. I have no power but what the human mind gives me, and I vanish completely when the light of understanding reveals the facts as they really are, for I am really nothing.”

If I would just have the courage to acknowledge my fears, I would be taking the first step toward controlling them instead of them controlling me. “And if I take the next step toward understanding, I will be able to move past them to empathy, perhaps even to love.” – Lou Tice

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