Be Not Afraid – Day 3
December 05, 2018
There are many kinds of fear. For example, when fear warns us of danger, we heed the warning, and thank fear for being our friend. On the other hand, fears that we’re not conscious of can be a problem. We may not know we’re afraid, but our actions are motivated by fear.
Some people can’t just feel the fear and let it go, as experts suggest. We feel it, but the letting go part doesn’t work. The fear goes on and on. We’re facing our fear, but we’re not winning. The fear dominates us.
Some people who struggle with chronic anxiety need to seek professional help, which can be a valid step toward peace. And remember what C. S. Lewis said: “Grief can feel like fear.”
It can be challenging to determine which fears we need to face.
Challenge: Fear feeds on itself. It can convince us that fear-based actions are the appropriate course. But the hardest thing about fear isn’t fear. It’s taking the time and effort to restore ourselves to peace and then knowing when to be brave.
From the book: 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact
About the author
In addiction and recovery circles, Melody Beattie is a household name. She is the best-selling author of numerous books.
One of Melody's more recent titles is The Grief Club, which was published in 2006. This inspirational book gives the reader an inside look at the miraculous phenomenon that occurs after loss--the being welcomed into a new "club" of sorts, a circle of people who have lived through similar grief and pain, whether it be the loss of a child, a spouse, a career, or even one's youth.