Have you ever been up against something that seemed bigger than life itself? Most of us have and it is not a good feeling. Fear is an emotion that can cause us to experience adverse reactions such as fright, panic, dread, dismay, horror, terror, and cowardliness. It can stop us in our tracks and keep us home under the covers. Fear can keep us from living the abundant life that we deserve. Just by typing those toxic words, I feel a downward emotion. So let’s move on and change those emotions.

We can never achieve anything unless we try. We all want to become peaceful human beings and we deserve to be one. Sometimes we need to sit back and take stock of our lives. Who are we? I hope you understand you are not what you have or what kind of work you do. You are who you are in your heart. Material things, what we’ve achieved and jobs do not make the true us. To become the true us, we need to work on that dreadful fear emotion.

I think that if we could describe fear as a noun and a verb, this is what it may be like…Fear (noun)-a toxic physical, spiritual, mental emotion. Fear (verb)- a process within the mental capacity that makes you want to run and hide.

Have you ever thought about what the letters in the word Fear stand for?

F- false
E- evidence
A- appears
R- real

or, it could stand for:

A- anger

All of the words really lead to how we judge ourselves or how we are afraid of others to judge us. Wouldn’t it be nice if we never had to fear anything!

We are making the assumption that we have to live with fear. I once heard the only fear we are born with, is the fear of heights. All other fears are said to be acquired. We don’t need to have it.

I have some friends who are United States Marines. It seems as if they are fearless. I have asked several of them how they became that way. To my understanding, we do not have to have it. We can change. The marines are taught to become fearless.

If they can change, we can also. These things in us beg to be changed. It’s like breaking an old habit. We can’t change the past but we can change how we react to it. We should practice changing what we are so fearful of. Actually begin to do things you never would have done. If you are shy, make yourself speak to someone first. After a while you may find how proud you are of yourself. It will get easier.

When we were kids, there was an old saying that went something like this,

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.”

Let’s practice letting the fear of words never hurting us.

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