The only thing you have to fear is fear itself. – FDR
Yeah right. I don’t know about you, but I fear a lot of things more than fear: The Economy; The Fire Ants; The Death of People I Love; The Future of the Herbs I Just Planted; The War(s); The Allergy That’s Invaded One of My Sweet Dogs; The Pirates; The Weight Watcher Points; The Sudan …
Sometimes my fear faucet seems to get stuck on FULL BLAST. Other times, it’s just a leaky distraction. And then there are (THE WONDERFUL) times it’s completely closed.
I’ve been trying to pay attention to these different experiences with fear – trying to notice what, if anything, I’m doing to adjust the level of fear in my life.
One thing I know for sure is that I don’t like the knot fear creates in my gut.
I am also learning that since my brain usually creates my fear, it can adjust it too. So I ask myself IS THIS REAL or FEAR? If it’s real – I sit with it until I can decipher what parts of this reality I can adjust and then I make the adjustments. If it’s just fear – I sit with it until I figure out where it’s coming from (The Past or The Future). Then I track my quickest route back to The Present – where the real stuff is. And then I go back to how I handle the real stuff – rinse and repeat.
How do you adjust your fear faucet?