Fearly Well!

what_is_your_deepest_fear__by_aaronwalwyn-d4p5san“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us….” – Marianne Williamson

A few days ago this heart wrenching quote resonated with me with a fury that rivals that of the African sun shining down on the Serengeti at high noon. I decided to conduct an extensive self-interrogation in the hopes of uncovering my deepest fear. Fear is often defined as an unpleasant emotion resulting from the belief that someone of something is dangerous, a threat or likely to inflict some form of pain.

We all experience some level of fears specifically related to us. We may have a phobia of spiders, heights, public speaking, being alone, needles, clowns etc. We tend to avoid these things and attempt to eradicate them from our daily lives. I am no different; my deepest fear in its most simplistic form is failure. Failure to achieve my life long dreams. Failure to accomplish my goals. Failure to adhere to the stringent standards that I’ve set for myself. I have such a high level of fear towards failure that I do not desire to have anything to do with it. I attempt to rid myself of any relationships, hindrances or thoughts that would lead me down the crooked path of failure. I desire to do any and everything I’m physically capable of to ensure that I won’t experience that abhorrent and repulsive emotion.

“Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.” – Les Brown

We should not allow fear to cripple us, stifle us, or cause us to assume a powerless millipede-like curled up position. We have the ability to face, conquer, an overcome any fear we have because we are indeed powerful beyond measure.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

Don’t allow fear to become the mortar holding together the cement wall preventing you from living out your dreams!

So let me ask, what is your deepest fear?

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Couch Potato!

For some odd reason I decided to open a random cupboard in my kitchen. Of course I decided to take great precaution and open the cupboard at a sloth-like speed, in case there was a rabid, vile furry rodent or man eating hybrid raccoon/saber-toothed tiger creature waiting to pounce on me. I immediately saw two potatoes inside a plastic bag on the bottom shelf. I had no idea when I purchased those potatoes or how long they have taken up residence in my kitchen without reimbursing me monthly for rent. Naturally, the potatoes lost nutrients, which were diverted to growing sprouts. The starch found in the potatoes converted to sugars and a toxic chemical called solanine concentrates in the sprouts.

I began to think what do we do when situations in our lives don’t work out exactly how we may have desired, planned or imagined?

William Frederick Book exclaimed, “Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.”

Allow me to apologize in advance for this analogy (I’m kind of a sport’s guy). Life is full of false starts penalties, fouls, offside calls, first serve fault calls, double bogeys, icing calls and traveling violations which are all designed to challenge your willpower to become victorious during the game of life. We need to find a way to make the most of any situation we find ourselves in. Attacking an unfavorable situation with the right mindset and attitude can help to stabilize situations that we may have interpreted as nose-diving out of control.

Having the right state of mind or thought process can lead one to create key lime pie from a bushel of limes!

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