Be afraid, be very afraid…

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Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway”    John Wayne

Funny quote from a man who often played characters who were unable to show or acknowledge their fear – but I like it anyway!

Fear is not a good or a bad emotion, it just is. The problem is that it’s a mostly primitive emotion that doesn’t discern well between actual threats to our survival, and minor hassles. Fear just doesn’t give a shit whether a threat is big or not. Even better, it doesn’t even care if there is any threat at all – it just kicks in and fires up all those biological and hormonal reactions. As long as your mind seems to think there is a threat (or many) in the imagined future, fear is ready to oblige – and it doesn’t usualy oblige by patting you on the back or filling you with confidence.

So if you’re afraid of the implications of your chronic health condition, be afraid. I was going to list the common fears, but you don’t need my help. You know what you’re afraid of – or you should anyway. Not knowing is even scarier!

Ignore these (and other) fears at your own peril. If they live in you, examine them. Have a chat with them maybe, and see if they have anything to say. But get as familiar with them as you can. The more you see and look at them, the more you can see the cracks in their logic. The more you suppress them, the more power you give them and the impact they have on your moods and decisions (and those impacts are not usually the healthiest, as you know).

I don’t believe in “conquering” fears in the sense of becoming fearless. I believe in fact, that we can only be courageous if we have  fear. There’s no courage without fear is there?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And then do something important and hard for yourself anyway. Saddle up pardner!     ~Z

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.       Dale Carnegie