What Are You Afraid Of?

Published June 12, 2018 by tindertender

Photo by Paul Garaizar

So much time wasted on fear, fear of what others think, or what they might do. Fear of not being accepted, or of being denied, forgotten, abused.

Extreme fear has the capacity to render one immobile, frozen in place, unable to function. Often just the thought of what could be is enough to succeed in this paralyzation of people.

There are times when one can be so sure that disaster, or ill harm is going to happen. Most times this is all that is needed … the manipulators only have to introduce these ideas to people and the rest is … well, it is actually what we see in the world today.

Television shows us boogeymen (and women) in a fashion that is quite exaggerated. More often than not, the truly awful and dangerous stuff isn’t quite as easy to discern. Disguised as something good and beneficial it can be too late to alter course once the reality is seen, too late to change direction smoothly anyway.

Facing the innermost fear is indeed a challenge. Mustering up courage to walk into that which one would rather run from is very difficult. But in most cases this effort will bring reward, and that reward is the knowledge that what was feared is not capable of living up to the imagination of its power.

Laying in a tiny room she knew they were waiting for her, outside. A friend tried to comfort her, she could not bring herself to believe what he was saying, she did not trust that he knew what he was talking about. He was forgiving and did not get upset, for he knew her dilemma. Finally, she rose, determined to exit the space, thinking to herself, “if I die, so be it.” Lo and behold, she walked out and found she was free. No one was there to harm her, her imagination was the only thing which held her prisoner.

Facing fear will be the hardest thing ever done, but once done, an understanding of how powerless these imaginings are will be known. Most times, the imagination will give something much bigger and scarier to a person to think about, much larger than the reality.

Gifting ones self this exercise is empowering, for in facing that which robs one of personal capacity, that which was stolen, and more, will be obtained.

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