Friday, March 4, 2011

What is fear keeping you from doing?

"The number of people wanting and willing to adopt would be higher except for one thing--they're scared." Ray Guarendi in Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It

Fear can be a powerful force. Some fear is a good, even necessary thing. It helps us to be safe. Fear prevents me from driving 100 miles per hour through my neighborhood. It keeps me from walking into a dark ally alone at night.

But fear can also be a very negative thing in our lives. Fear can keep us from doing things that we should do. Fear of failure can keep us from even trying. Fear makes it all about us, since it focuses all attention on keeping ourselves safe. Other people, God, all other considerations must give way to that fear induced self-obsession (or perhaps the self-obsession causes the fear?). Usually, fear promotes the status quo, and keeps us from making changes in our lives, even when those changes are for the good.

What is fear keeping you from doing?

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