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Monday’s Shot In The Arm: Facing Your Fears

Posted Aug 12 2008 4:21pm

“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.” ~Orison Swett Marden

For as long as I can remember I have been afraid to be a passenger in someone’s car. There are only a few people that I felt comfortable in their car as a passenger. My fear intensified when my sister was killed two years ago in a head on collision. It took me a whole year after her death to even feel safe while driving my own self around, much less allow someone else to drive.

I have grown tired of being afraid. I decided to look my fear in the face. I decided that I would allow my husband to do almost all of the driving while we were on vacation. I even got in the back of our friend’s car and allowed him to drive us around in Miami. Was I afraid? Did I feel anxious? You bet! But I was determined to allow my faith to grow larger than my fear, and to eventually conquer this thing, and with every hour on the road it got easier. I even allowed myself to fall asleep on the way back home! That was a pretty big deal for me.

I am sure I will always exercise some caution as to who I get into a car with. I think that’s just common sense. But never again will I let this particular fear swing me around by the tail and put ridiculous limitations on my life.

So, how do you get over being afraid? You must do the thing that you fear.

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