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Why Are We Afraid Of Fear?

Not really such an odd question if you think about.  Why is it that we have such a fear of fear?  We are afraid to be afraid.  Have you ever thought of it in this light?  I myself have not until just now.  We will avoid most anything in order to keep fear from entering our lives.  Of course, the irony is that it is the fear of facing our fear that keeps us from becoming the person were meant to be.  It keeps us from obtaining that new position at our place of work.  It will cause us to shy away from that man or woman that we really would like to meet and get to know better.  People are often afraid of starting an exercise program and why?  They have a fear of not following through and failing.  Essentially, they are not afraid of failing really.  They are afraid of the fear of failing.  And look over there……Do you see that fellow at the desk?  His dream is to write a best-selling novel.  But he does not actively pursue this dream because he has a fear that it will not sell very well.  He is afraid of his fear that the book ,if written will be a flop and he will feel like a failure.

You see, we are not so much afraid of trying, of making the attempt as much as we fear the fear that holds us back.  Now some of you may say that I am splitting hairs here and that I am looking at this far too deeply, that I am really reaching on this subject.  But am I really?  Back in 1933 during the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a proclamation. He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”  It was a true statement and one that needed to be heard then.  We had become a nation united in fear.  If you’ve read your history, the Depression Era was a very bad time and was only getting worse, this being due in large part to the attitude of fear and dread that held this country tightly in its grasp.  The citizens of this nation no longer had hope.  And in the absence of hope, fear will always step in and take charge.  And back in 1933, fear had a chokehold on this nation.  The good people of this nation were afraid of the fear which had taken their jobs, their homes and their sense of well-being.  They were afraid to face the fear that had left them without hope.  FDR knew this and he also knew the message that our country needed to hear in order to shake off this paralyzing fear and take the steps towards recovery.  And with the delivery of his historical speech, fear began to lose its foothold on our nation.  Hope began to once again become alive in the hearts of those here and the citizenry became less afraid of the fear that had beset them for so long.  If you have never read FDR’s speech that he gave that day, you should.  It is really something.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”  These words are a dynamic that needs to be embraced in our world today once again.  Fear itself is very much a living entity once we breathe life into its divisive soul and this is brought about because we are afraid to look into the face of Fear.  Rather than squaring our shoulders, planting our feet firmly and holding the gaze of Fear until it turns away defeated, we instead look the other way and give Fear yet another victory.  This needs to change in order for us to grow into the Life we were meant to live.

The concept of Fear is based in uncertainty and uncertainty is always based in either a lack of knowledge or a lack of hope or both.  Allow me to repeat this please.  The concept of Fear is based in uncertainty and uncertainty is always based in either a lack of knowledge or a lack of hope or both.  This is actually a bit of good news for knowledge is obtainable and leads to wisdom and true wisdom provides us with Hope.  And Hope defined is the expectation of good things to come.

I would also like to mention that we dread fear most often because it usually brings with it the possibility of change.  And so many of us will go to great lengths to avoid change, won’t we?  Change is most often not a comfortable process.  However, once we truly realize this fact, once we learn not to be afraid of the fear of change and we instead embrace it fully, we can then see it as a new and exciting opportunity for our lives.  You see, if we use fear to our advantage instead of allowing fear to use us and impede our growth, the new horizons presented before us will be infinite, as God would have it to be.  We must become aware that our Creator places no limitations on us or within us.  The limitations on our lives are self-imposed.  We permit these constraints that bind us by allowing external forces such as fear and uncertainty to control our actions. I might also state that He has not “given us the spirit of fear but rather of peace and a sound mind.”   Does this phrase sound at all familiar to you?  If it does, then good! Apply it to your heart and mind.  If you’ve not heard it before, then memorize it and make use of it in your life for it is one of the great truths of our Universe.

I would end with this thought this evening.  Let us no longer be afraid of fear.  Let us no longer allow fear to pervade and control our respective lives.  When our fear of what fear can do is permitted to reign in our lives, not only do we become weak and cease to grow into who we were meant to become but we also bring dishonor to ourselves as well as to our Source who created us in His own image.  So, let us be not afraid any longer!  Embrace your fear of fear and you will feel its power dwindling while at the same time you will feel the true power of who you really are to grow within your Spirit and in doing so, you will be free to further discover who you really are and will be of a greater blessing to those round’ about you.

I thank you for your attention this evening and hope you have found these sentences worthy of your time.  I have been away for a bit due to personal situations but am in hope that all of that has come to an end.  I enjoy writing and have missed posting items here.  Take care with yourselves and may you be blessed in the same abundance in which you bless those round’ about you each day.  This is also a universal truth for each of us to imprint on our hearts.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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Have You Given Your Best…….Really?

We all desire more for our lives, do we not?  Of course we do.  And I am not speaking of material things.  That beautiful home sitting splendidly upon it’s well-landscaped acres or that luxury automobile or any other thing that we would simply love to have as perhaps a reward for our efforts?  These things are fine in their proper place.  But they are secondary really and most often a direct result of pursuing the passion that Life has placed in our spirit, of fulfilling our Destiny.  And it goes without saying that in order to realize our Destiny, we must give nothing less than our best.  No one could dispute this fact.  What I often take issue with is our perception of what our best is in today’s world.  What we deem as our best has become skewed because the emphasis is placed on that word “our”.  Allow me to explain what I mean, as best I know how.  Please indulge me for a time because I believe this will begin to make a degree of sense as we move along this avenue of thought.

Now I am sure you would agree that in order for one to move in the direction of their dreams and goals, the must be an exertion of some sort.  There must be effort put forth.  One cannot expect a harvest if one is not willing to first till the soil and then plant the seeds that will bring forth the crop expected.  But after the planting of the seed, there is more work required, yes?  Proper fertilization and aeration of the soil is needed. And those young seeds must be watered and special attention must be given there as well.  If there is too much water given, the crop will fail before it even gets started growing.  Too little water will bring about the same result.  You see, in order for that farmer to rule his land and enjoy its abundance, he must realize that he is first and foremost a servant to the very seeds he has planted.  In doing so, the farmer learns what it is to respect those things that are placed just below his feet, if you will.  He comes to realize that the very abundance he desires is brought about through a joint effort.  The farmer serves the seed and soil. His reward is that the seed and soil return the favor.  This makes sense, does it not?  It is only the wise husbandman who can appreciate the privilege of serving that will ever come to realize true abundance in the yearly harvest.  They give their best during the growing season to obtain their reward.  And the best they can give is their service to that which is outside of themselves.

The same concept applies in our own lives.  We may not be looking for a bumper crop of corn or wheat or soy beans, to be sure.  But just like the farmer, we want high yields from our lives.  So, we start in pursuit of goals and dreams and go after them doggedly and feeling that we are indeed giving it our best.  However, it seems that somewhere along the line in our world, we have forgotten what it means to truly give our best.  Giving our best means to embrace the idea of service to others.  It means to realize the importance of those around us and to appreciate the fact that to serve, to give of one’s self to others not only serves to prepare us for greatness in our own lives but of even greater significance, we learn that serving others is a privilege.  It is also an honor and one not be taken lightly.

And there may be some reading this who disagree and believe that the idea of serving others will provide the foundation on which to build up something truly magnificent is just foolishness.  To anyone with that mindset, I would encourage you to do two things.  The first item is to study your history.  It will bear out the truth of what is being written here.  It is only when the great kingdoms and nations of our world chose to forget what it meant to serve that those same kingdoms and nations laid themselves to ruin.  Here is the second suggestion I would have for this evening.  Give yourself the opportunity, the privilege of going out to serve others for a bit of time.  There are many ways to do such a thing.  Give a visit to a homeless shelter and help with the serving of food there.  And if you are particularly bold, spend a few moments with those who frequent there and learn from them.  If a person feels trust for you, they will share with you.  You might be quite surprised at what you may learn.  And my friend, perhaps what is the greatest thing is that you will feel your heart and spirit growing.  The growth you feel will be a direct result of serving those around you.  You may wonder who is the real beneficiary in this transaction of humanity.  Is it you benefitting or them?  I’ll let you in on a little secret here…..When it comes to serving others, it is a win-win, as the saying goes.

I should mention as well that homeless shelters is only one of the opportunities available to us all.  There are nursing homes where many of the folks are simply left behind.  To visit them and share your time with them, to serve them would bring honor to not only their heart but to your own spirit as well.  There are so many ways to serve and I could name many.  There are everyday ways to serve as well.  Do you recall that day when you noticed that elderly women struggling to get her coat on or having a difficult time with those grocery bags?  Yet another chance to serve, to bless and be blessed in return.   Do some investigating on your own and discover the avenues of service that are out there.

I suppose my intent here this evening is to cause us, you and I to reflect a bit and remember what the term  giving it our best” really means.  The best we can do is really all about the best we can give of ourselves, yes?  Just like the farmer, the best thing we can do to ensure an abundance in our lives is to give ourselves the gift of serving others.  My friends, give this idea thought and then act upon your thinking.  Trust me, when you begin giving your best, and I mean this in the true sense of the word, you will experience a growth as yet unknown to you.  And that growth within your spirit and your heart will pave the way to the true greatness that your Creator has waiting for you.

One other thing that I failed to mention?  Or perhaps I was just saving the best for last?  If we as a people can learn and practice the gift of service to others, do you realize we can change the world?  This is a truism, friends.  And that is power!  Hmmmmm……Now who would’ve thought that servants could wield the type of power that could change the world we live in?  Think about it, if you would.

I thank you once again for your indulgence as I tend to ramble at times and I thank you for your kind attention.  I do hope that the words here will be of benefit to you.  May the fullness of this day be yours to share.  Blessings to you and yours.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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