It’s a grey day on the Meditterean.   Nimbostratus clouds block out the sun’s rays, and yet some light streams  over the bay as rain falls in the distance.   It’s a new week and a new day begins for all of us.  Start again today on any resolutions that may have slipped out of control over the weekend, get up and go again with more resolve than before.  Your possible self is always ready!

Twenty days and no coffee.   I was out and about over the weekend and each time I abstained.  It’s working!  It’s  taking discipline, some willpower, tenacity, self-kindness and self-love to abstain.  So far so good!

It’s an appropriate grey day to introduce this weeks topic on ‘fear’ and what fear means to us.   You often hear people say, “I am afraid it’s going to rain.”  How can you be afraid of rain?  If you were planning a picnic, then the rain may spoil the event and it may make you sad, because you were really looking forward to it.   The statement could also mean that you had better plan an alternative.  Using fear in this way is trivial to some and very serious to others.

There are so many ways to experience fear on so many different levels. Lets explore.  How do you experience fear:
Fear of the dark
Fear of creepy crawlies -spiders etc.
Fear of water
Fear of heights
Fear of fire
Fear of flying
Fear of noise
Fear of specific animals
Fear of open spaces
Fear of pain
Fear of insanity
Fear of losing a loved one
Fear of someone in your life
Fear of being ill
Fear of not being able to earn a living
Fear of death
Fear of losing all you have
Fear of not being liked
Fear of being overweight                                                                                                                                                    Fear of not being beautiful enough                                                                                                                         Fear of being too thin                                                                                                                                             Fear of aging
Fear of being on your own
Fear of your own arrogance
Fear of being found out
Fear of speaking in public
Fear of intimacy
Fear of not being able to take care of yourself
Fear of being attacked
Fear of war
Fear of thunderstorms and tornados etc.
Fear that you can’t trust yourself                                                                                                                          Fear of not being loved
Fear of loving yourself and another
Fear that no one will miss you
Fear that no one cares about you
Fear of anger
Fear of love itself
Fear of some dreams
Fear of fear itself
Fear of failure
Fear of success
Fear of loosing your hair
Fear of rejection
Fear of being ridiculed
Fear of freedom
Fear of being happy
Fear of performances
Fear of physical wealth
Fear of physical poverty
Fear of addiction
Fear of change

I suggest you make a list of the things, people, places etc. you fear most.   Tomorrow I will explore fear and what it does to us emotional and physically.
Is courage the opposite to fear?

“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.”  Chet Atkins
“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.”  Leo Tolstoy
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”  Albert Einstein
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”  Eleanor Roosevelt
“People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.”  Epictetus
“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.”  Aristotle
“When you say or do anything to please, get, keep, influence, or control anyone or anything, fear is the cause and pain is the result.”   Byron Katie
“Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them.”                 Oscar Wilde
“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”               Hafiz of Persia

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