Listen to today’s warm and fuzzy here!
One newspaper advice columnist was asked if there was a predominant
theme in her readers’ request for help. She replied, “Yes, there is —
fear. People are afraid of losing their loved ones, their health,
their wealth. People are afraid of life itself.”
Going to the dentist is a fearful experience for many people. One man
jokingly listed his middle name as “Wimp” on the admittance form. The
receptionist read it, laughed and assured him that there was nothing
to worry about. “Besides,” she added, “many patients felt the same
Half an hour later, the same receptionist came into the waiting room.
Looking directly at the nervous patient, she said, smiling, “The
doctor will now see the wimp.”
Three other people got up with him.
At least those people were there! Too often we find it easier to avoid
a thing we fear and never grow beyond it. In order to do all we want
to do and to live as fully as possible, we will have to learn to
manage our fears.
Frank Herbert wrote;
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”