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Fear is an illusion

When I first saw this image, it gave me the creeps. I thought the dog had a peculiar skin disease only to realize that it was actually not a disease but just an illusion caused by the effects of  sunlight streaming through a patterned lace curtain, whose pattern flatteringly landed on the dog, causing this eerie looking image.

Fear has the same exact effect on humans too. It is an illusion. An illusion that cripples whatever faith anyone might have had, and robs the brain off any potential it might have had. 

Like someone correctly put it, FEAR is an acronym which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. In other words, people fear things they don’t quite understand, things that half the time are not even there. 

This fear is what causes most people to live in a world of "What If”; What if the project doesn’t take off? What if this marriage won’t work? What if this business idea fails? What if my kids don’t turn out as I wish them to?

What if. What if. What if.

This causes so many people to have unnecessary worries. Fear does two major things that can be described by these two quotes:

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” …and
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”

So the next time you feel fear engulfing you, remember the words of Nelson Mandela who said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

So the next time you are afraid of doing something as yourself this question:

Will you FEAR (Forget Everything And Run) or will you FEAR (Face Everything And Rise)?

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