Embrace or Endure

3 May

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Life is scary. The uncertainty. The never knowing. The endless, unanswered questions. It can be overwhelming. I can remember a particular time in my life when it seemed that everything was moving so fast I could hardly keep up. It seemed like one thing after another and although some of the changes were welcomed, I was a little intimidated to step into them fully. I sat with a friend and casually discussed some of my ideas for the year and things I wanted to accomplish. She was immediately enthused and began to grill me on my plans. Seeing my hesitance, she asked:

“Why don’t you just go ahead and do it?”

“Because I’m scared,” I answered honestly. She leaned forward and placed her hand on my knee,

“Then do it afraid.”

My fear was no longer an obstacle, it was just something I was feeling: nothing more, nothing less.

What is fear but the body’s response to a threatening situation? When we are really scared adrenaline courses through our body, our senses sharpen, our reflexes quicken, and anything going on in our body that does not help us avoid or overcome the threat is suppressed. In essence we are biologically designed to deal with challenges and fear is the switch that triggers our best response.

So, then, why do we seek to avoid fear? Why do we allow fear to grip us and make us impotent? When in fact fear is necessary to invoke certain responses in us. We must recognize fear for what it is: a catalyst. It’s not too be avoided. If it cannot be embraced then it must be endured, because sometimes we must do that thing that we fear we cannot do.

Fear will not hinder Violet Ambitions.

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3 Responses to “Embrace or Endure”

  1. ridicuryder May 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM #

    Violet Ambitions,

    I was describing how we attract what we fear to a friend the other day…..swim in the ocean, just don’t be afraid of sharks 🙂

    Using fear as a catalyst can work too….

    RR

    • DesiBjorn May 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

      Absolutely. Because that which we spend most of our energy and thoughts on become our reality.

      Thanks for reading and responding!

  2. Tanya Kiesha Thompson May 7, 2013 at 10:44 PM #

    I love the line in your post that says, “Then do it afraid.” That’s so powerful, and I’ve never thought of fear in that way. I’m going to try to remember that.
    It’s very brave of you to admit being afraid- I think most men, and people in general, hate to admit that they are afraid or to admit that they have something to learn. Thanks for this post.

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