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Friday, July 09, 2010

Fear as a gift

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."--Eleanor Roosevelt.

This has been true in my life, and in the lives of my students. Fear is often a warning that real growth lies on the far side of an action or change. To gain clarity on this is to gain wisdom.


Janbo said...

Took me years to learn this. Fear is a tool best used rather than ignored.

Marty S said...

Of course fear is a good and serves a purpose. If it wasn't evolution would have bred it out of us instead of breeding it into us

Steven Barnes said...

The problem with fear is that it hides as other emotions: anger, grief, guilt, bigotry, etc.

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Rich said...

Thanks for sharing Steve, Going out tonight to a large party, I have never been comfortable in crowds, although not the best example of fear, it's what I have in this moment. It's something I don't understand and hence leads to fear. I was just wondering if you had any insight into the lone wolf syndrome? Would love to hear your thoughts on the stoic individual and the conflict one experiences in I guess, social settings.