Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sprinkling fear on your cereal in the morning

Fear has its place in reality. 

It’s there for a reason. It’s one of those useful evolutionary mechanisms that aids us in our survival. 

Of course, most of the time, whatever we’re anxious about is out of proportion to the reality of the danger we fear. In fact, living with that fear is often more painful than the event itself. 

It just feels scarier in the moment because the reptilian brain has been activated. 

No time for logic and reason and rational thought. This tiger is about to eat us. Run. 

And so, when we open our inbox and our heart starts pounding in fear, and a cold sweat of dread materializes on our brow, it's not so bad. In fact, it's actually a good sign. It means that we're alive, breathing and feeling. And in a time when half the world still lives on only three dollars a day, those simple luxuries are easy to take for granted. 

There’s a very dark but inspiring passage from my favorite fiction novel about this facet of fear. The villain sits on the edge of the bed, slumped forward, his elbows on his knees, a gun on the palm of his hand, and the narrator says: 

Because he felt a pang of dread at the root of this desire, he knew that he would not die tonight. As long as he still feared something, he had a foothold on living, even if it meant only moving forward to an unknown disaster. 

It's an eloquent reminder that each day, we're greeted with myriad opportunities to meet our fears in new ways. And even if we do get shocked into immobility without basis or rationale, we can still take a moment. 

We can pause and calmly tell ourselves, wait a sec, this isn't where my fear belongs.

Remember, the sooner we accept the fact that the fear we feel is our own creation, the faster we can change. 

LET ME ASK YA THIS...
Does anybody in their right mind really wise to be completely fearless?
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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  
scott@hellomynameisscott.com
www.nametagscott.com


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