Fear was the air I breathed: fear of failure, humiliation, poverty, abandonment, dishonor, pain, death. At some point, you stop being victimized by fear. You surrender to the worst that could happen and move directly toward your fears, because taking any action is better than doing nothing. Fear then becomes a compass, when you’re lost. Whatever you’re afraid of, move that direction, and freedom f
rom it unfolds.
When I embraced the idea that I am alive for the sole purpose of growing into a better person capable of helping others do the same, my fears changed from assailants to assistants.
But then a point comes when you realize that fear no longer needs to be the medium, only a call to greater awareness. When you feel fear, you no longer need to move toward it to discover that you need not fear. You can acknowledge that you’re afraid, and shift it to a more productive energy: gratitude for the coming opportunity to improve and grow as a whole person. At that point, you no longer fear the change, but have changed the fear.
It would be much easier to do this in isolation but we exist surrounded by others attempting to discover the same truth for themselves. We live overlapping our fears upon others, and often the person we touch does not first meet us, but rather only experiences our reactions to our fears. And we do not meet them, but their reactions to their fears.
Place one calm spirit in a crisis, and the peace can spread like a vaccine over a virus of panic. Be compassionate with the reactions you encounter from others, for they’re consciously or unconsciously seeking opportunities to grow as well. With each person willing to change fear, we all increase our chance to do so. Lead with your courage and you’ll do much more than change yourself. You’ll give everyone you touch the opportunity to do the same.