Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fear(less)

This is Day 13 of the 2017 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Today's prompt is Fears.  Please visit the other participants for more adventures.


The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


Fear can multiply and build on itself until it becomes powerful and consuming, and unchecked it can eventually take the place of what caused the fear in the first place.  We need to keep fear in its place.  A little fear can keep us from making critical mistakes, but when fear takes over it is paralyzing.

We can get so caught up in our fear that our rational side is overwhelmed. How can we take control of a fear? That depends on the cause. We might try confronting the fear, such as flying or heights, and find that it is not as bad as we expected. Perhaps taking a step back and reaffirming the positive things we know to be true can provide some relief. 

Fear has many different faces and effects, and there is no one size fits all solution for managing or overcoming them. Sometimes you just want to Shout!

Enjoy at little Tears for Fears.





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10 comments:

  1. telling people or just yourselr, your fears is a way to get over your fear but I don't think there is a definite solution, everyone's different. it would be nice to have something easy like a pill or a shot, but that's the way it is, sometimes fear drive us to do what we wouldn't dare

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Everyone's circumstances are different and everyone deals with fear in their own way. A pill to erase fear (or stress) would be nice, but every new pill has so many side effects...I have faced fears and thought others through to the point I realized I was afraid for no reason. Win!

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  2. I have both faced my fear and stepped back from my fear. Both have worked in cases, both have not worked. But I am still here and that is what matters!

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    1. Two of the prompts in this challenge likely spoke to you. Fears and Stress, given your son's issues last year. I know you know something of both from that. So glad he is doing well now. And yes, you are still here, as am I and that is what matters! :)

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  3. Looks like we each went with a similar quote.

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  4. Love me some "Tears for Fears"! Just recently heard about how they got to their band name. It was inspired by primal therapy, developed by the American psychologist Arthur Janov, so they knew a thing about fears as it seems.

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    1. That is an interesting fact I didn't know. I know this song isn't really on topic, but one line that says "these are the things I can do without" spoke to me about fears, and the group name ties in as well.

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  5. Just recently, I heard a speaker that was talking about Roosevelt's quote and pointed out that often fear is real and justified about a number of things. I think your point that there are so many variables of why we are fearful and what we are fearful of depends on our capacity to handle it or be consumed by it.

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    1. I agree that fear is often justified, but there are times when we can get carried away with the media coverage (we know they always tell the truth) and get overwhelmed and frightened for no reason. I think that has happened a lot lately.

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