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Embracing Fear


I recently co-authored a chapter in a book together with 24 other authors called Embracing fear in its many guises. What does it really mean to embrace our fears?

I have come to realize that fear is a major influence in every one of our lives, but not always to the negative. And there are plenty of opportunities for that healthy fear to work its miracles, at the same time guiding us this way and that, alerting and aligning us with what is good and right in our world. I believe how we respond to our individual  and personal fears is related to how we respond as communities, to what we see as external factors that we are currently facing, or have yet to face.

 I believe that when we make the decision to face our individual fears, we are contributing to the  transformation  of the world one person at a time. The ripples

coming from our individual efforts to grow may be small, but they are there.

We cannot drop a pebble in the pond without creating a ripple effect. The

personal growth work that we do is the pebble in the pond, creating its own ripple

effect. How we treat our family and friends, and even the person standing next

to us in line are our pebbles in the pond. it begins with embracing our own fears.

For me fear became my constant companion, and as it cycled through my mind and reinforced old thoughts, moment by moment. I discovered that fear can make it impossible for me to see the light ahead. I was able to recognize that the issue is not fear itself, but rather how I identify and manage my fears.


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