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Welcoming Fear As A Friend


On Oct 28, 2017 david doane wrote:

 I experience fear when I feel in danger, in regards to whatever that may be.  My fear often is of the unknown, even though I know that the unknown is full of opportunity.  Feeling fear is for me an indication that I am alive, and the feeling of fear can be exciting, but fear doesn't make sane responsiveness possible.  It's my being alive makes responsiveness possible, and I can respond with courageous action or fearful avoidance.  I am often afraid, maybe more so than many people, and I have often leaned into my fear such as by taking action even though I am afraid, and usually I'm glad I did because whatever I feared usually turned out well and I grew from the experience.  What helps me stay present to fear without dismissing it is knowing that I feel fear when on the verge of something new and challenging, and staying with fear is staying with the opportunity at hand.



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