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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.

6 comments:

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.