You Shall Not Pass

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Fear is an interesting thing. We all feel it. We all sense it. We can see it in others. We can recognize it within ourselves. We all react to it in one way or another. Some of us let fear rule us, while others tell it to shove off.

No matter what, you know this feeling, this emotion. What do you do when confronted with fear?

In general, we revert back to our base instincts – whatever that maybe per the individual. Some of us flee. Some of us stand our ground. Some of us let it pass us by because we know it isn’t permanent. Some of us blame others. Some of us blame ourselves. Some of us breathe and face it with a level head. The list can go on and on…

Fear elicits a reactionary response. If we are able to pause, even for a brief moment, we’ve won. Fear wants to scare us. Force us into something we don’t want to do. Choose for us our path. But, if we are able to pause, regroup, we are able to think. Thinking before (re)acting is the key to facing your fears. But, there is a fine line between thinking -and- over-thinking – be aware.

Many people choose to run. It maybe because it feels best at the time. They think they can’t deal with whatever catastrophe is before them. They don’t want to acknowledge their part in the disaster. They are scared to realize they are doing this to themselves. Etc…

We are living the thoughts we thought yesterday today. Be kind to yourself. Support yourself. Stand-up for yourself. Be grateful for this life.

No challenge is too great for you to overcome. Be brave.

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