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2014 Blog Project: Week 15

May 29, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 15: Fear

I'm going to kind of cheat this week and use a photo I took about 6 years ago, simply because I feel like it's such a great representation of the word.

Fear is objective. There is no real way to measure fear. Sure you can be a "little afraid" or "deathly afraid" of something or someone. But from person to person that jump from "a little" to "a lot" is purely individual.

Not only is the amount of fear individual but so is the subject matter or fear. Similar to my first post about "Struggle", what can be terrifying for one person is enjoyable and maybe even relaxing for another. This is not breaking news -- we can all see this when we look around at our friends and family. Everyone has that friend who just looses it when they see a spider or a clown, but we know not every one of our friends has the same fear. They're different, and jumbled and some have more than others but we get used to it.

But how do we treat other's when it comes to their fears in comparison to how we wish to be treated about our own? I've watched many people struggle with an intense fear that they want other people to understand, but will be the first to tell someone to just "get over" their fear. We're all entitled to have fears and work through them the best we can. The trick is to work through them without letting them rule your life. Don't become paralyzed by your fears, but try to have compassion for those whose fears differ from yours.

So this picture represents several fears wrapped into one. For me, this picture has no fear at all. It's calming and soothing and energizing all at the same time. Then why did I use it? Because unlike me, there are many people on this planet who has a great fear of heights. Add in fear of flying since it was taken on a plane ride between islands in Hawaii, and maybe fear of sharks and oceans while we're at it. Many of us may look at this picture and feel happy, jealous, relaxed. Don't lose compassion for those who look at it and feel tension and anxiety.


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