The Only Way To Deal With Fear

FearThere is nothing like getting WAY outside your comfort zone to give you a good dose of fear. In fact, I faced a situation this weekend that was scarier to me than when I received my cancer diagnosis.

How is that even remotely possible? While I won’t say what the actual situation was, I can tell you that it had to do with money, and for me that is a very scary thing. It might be that I’ve always felt rather powerless to change my financial situation, whereas when I was sick I felt like I really could affect the outcome of my treatment by my own personal effort. Strange, I know, but when you grow up with parents who lived through the Great Depression, you tend to have a very frugal attitude toward money.

FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real. Well maybe and maybe not. I’m not going broke, not by a long shot. My mother is a great worrier, and it was almost inevitable that I should pick up some of that from her. Even though my own life does not reflect the realities of the 1930’s, I still felt like the bottom was dropping out of my world. Then a friend showed me this video of Bob Newhart.

That’s all I needed to know. Fear, Shmear.

(BTW, I will update you on my progress of the particular situation that led to my fear, but that’s for another time…)

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