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The Wisdom of Fear

Updated: Dec 11, 2021

"Anything worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it."

For example, having a baby, getting married or divorced, changing careers, changing lifestyles -- all these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new. You may assign negative labels to changes and engage in fears –

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, standing in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom. Wisdom that will let us know the time has come to move forward, or not. We can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. It informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence. You might wish to converse with your fear. Writing down whatever comes up -- your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes Writing is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.

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