Fear is a Liar

A Psychology Today article rightly states, “Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats”.  Fear has been described as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain. Whether real or imagined, fear can produce a sense of panic, dread, or foreboding that can produce thoughts and feelings that are the same–thoughts that are dark, irrational, or debilitating.

Those kinds of fears become burdens that mock us in our private places, causing us to feel impotent, paranoid, or foolish. They are joy killers, dream quellers, saboteurs of freedom, and the enemy of our best selves.

Our minds and emotions are so powerful that they can dictate our attitudes, feelings, and behaviors if we allow them to. That is, how we relate to the world both outside ourselves and inside ourselves. You may have heard the expression: FEAR False Evidence Appearing Real. That is the type of fear that is a liar.

It is the enemy of our potential and our freedom. It limits the oxygen flow to rational thinking and being.  In reality, fear is a poser masquerading as truth. It is an imposter that whispers in the dark telling us we are not able, worthy, relevant, that no one cares about us, or that our dreams don’t matter. Sometimes fear even tells us that we deserve pain or failure. It tries to keep us from living the lives and dreams that we were intended to livefully and wholly alive.

All of us will experience scary and uncertain times. The truth is, there will be challenges and struggles, disappointments and disillusionments in this life. But the good news is, there is hope. Fear in and of itself, is not an end. It is an obstacle, but not an end. Hope says, there is more to this story!

On the flipside of fear, there is life, and joy, and fulfillment. The goal is to keep on keeping on. As Eleanor Roosevelt put it, “to look fear in the face”, taking the courage to keep moving forward, past, or through–but always onward.  Though at times, unhealthy fears will try to bully their way in front of us and block our path, we can choose to ignore them, push past them, and even speak to them—Get out of my way! 

If unhealthy fear, whether real or imagined, is holding you back from a prosperous life, take time to look it in the face. Determine that it will no longer enslave you. Choose what voices you will listen to and which ones you need to shut out. If there are negative relationships that empower your fears and rob you of your peace, it’s time to let go. Time waits for no one. Embrace truth. Your dreams and future await your best you now.

Live the life you’ve imagined.

Breathe deep.

Take courage.

Lace up your wings and fly free!

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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