Earlier this week a conversation with a friend reminded me of this simple platitude: have no fear.
Though perhaps trite and with room to be interpreted as dismissively vague, my belief in that sentiment remains true.
And again: often when I bless my peers with good tidings & inspiration, I do it just as much for my own benefit as I do theirs.
So very, very much of the fear we experience on the human journey lives almost entirely in our heads.
It’s no wonder we might like to go out of our minds from time to time.
Now, how many times must you prove you’re an angel /
How many more demons do you have to strangle /
How much longer must you remain in this dream /
Before I finally figure out if you’re insane or a genius?
It’s OK to be afraid. But when you feel that fear deep down inside and it threatens to reach up and wrap an icy cold fist around your throat and choke the last breath out of you…
…remember that is not a reality. It’s just a feeling. That’s how powerful your brain is — it will tell you to react physically, to a psychological construct.
And if you can react that strongly to the negative feeling, it must logically follow that you are able to react with just as much strength to the positive.
Thinking about your thoughts is a valuable exercise. With more practice comes more ability to discern what is useful to spend time on, and what is not.
A life spent in fear is of value to no one — least of all, yourself.