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It was just Halloween—so let’s talk about it! WHAT SCARES YOU?

What scares you?

If you are anything like me, you probably don’t need a raging lunatic with a butcher knife and a hockey mask to get scared. Maybe a speedy roller coaster or a week or more without sunlight would fit in the category of frightening! Okay, this is pretty much a blog on Parkinson’s disease and I will admit that this illness can be very scary, but it doesn’t have to be terrifying.

Some of our fears are truly justified and are there for a reason. Fears can be mechanisms that remind us not to get too close to a fire or to avoid approaching the lion’s den, but then there are those fears that perpetuate themselves and may get away from us. Fears, like wildfires, can get fanned and grow into severe anxiety, causing more and more negative emotions. Fears of the unknown or visions of our mind that manifest from our sub-conscience may just arise.  When anxiety, frustration, and stress lead into depression or despair, we have a huge problem to resolve, quickly!

Fear is that four letter word that can motivate us or hold us back from fulfilling our destiny and our dreams. People share with me how impressed they are that I wrote a book. As much as I appreciate the praise and well wishes, I tell them that anyone and everyone can write a book. Overcoming the fear to put your story or viewpoints on paper or the web takes some gumption and willingness to be completely frank, yet vulnerable. Just like writing, public speaking is frightening, exhilarating, exhausting, and empowering, all in one.

Some fears are ours to conquer. Some fears are meant to be respected and accepted. Most of us know deep down, which ones are which, but it is when we choose the wrong fear to meddle with, that may cause problems, danger, harm, or insult.

Overcoming our fears is a step-by-step piece of our growth to becoming stronger individuals. A big part of learning and improving ourselves is to expand our knowledge base and to find the tools that may assist us in calming our fears.

Momentum

Monday mornings can be exciting or drudgery, depending upon your perspective to the upcoming week. Once in awhile, we all need a nudge or a strong shove to get back on track. No matter how disciplined or focused you might be, we all may stray from our mission at hand.

Today, I share with you one of my favorite quotes. All I know about this quote is that it is attributed to Japan and I like it very much! I hope it motivates you and reminds you to keep on moving forward.

“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of standing still.”

Bend in the wind! It is far better than breaking.

Bend in the wind! It is far better than breaking.

Okay, while the quote does refer to fear, and fear isn’t usually a healthy emotion except in times of sensing danger. I think the quote promotes the importance of keeping up the progression of doing our very best and maintaining a momentum in our lives. Please give it some consideration. Have a great week!

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