#MotivationMonday: When Fear Turns To FEARRRRRRR
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Facing Your Fear
If you think after six years of sobriety I don’t get scared or have fear, you’d be wrong. What recovery gives me is not the ability to not have fear, it gives me the ability to acknowledge it, face it, and move past it. Facing fear and overcoming it is one of the most rewarding things one can experience in sobriety, so I highly recommend you try it out. It’s totally empowering and has given me a lot of the strength I have today, but sometimes that fear sounds more like fearrrrrr, and it can seem daunting or even impossible to face. So, what do we do about that kind of fear?
We embrace and face it!
This is the really cool part about sobriety; we are not alone in our fears or our travels. We have our Higher Power, we have our fellows, and we have meditation (or prayer) to help guide us through those fears, even fearrrrr. The only question remains, are you willing to go through the fear, or are you going to let it run you?
Most of us walked
Through many fears when we were in active addiction, so there really isn’t any difference now. Well, you might argue that you were high or drunk, so it was easy to walk through fears. You had a solution then for those fears. I would like to present the same argument to you. We have a solution, too. Although it’s not the same high or buzz one might get from drinking or drugging, recovery has provided me with a far greater buzz that has carried me through some pretty scary life experiences. I have also found that through some dedicated meditation sessions about my fears, I have been able to walk through them and overcome them, finding out that they weren’t as big as I thought after all.
You know why fear
Isn’t as big as you may think? It is because there is something bigger – our Higher Power. When I willingly turn my will over to a power greater than myself and earnestly ask for strength and courage, I feel empowered, strong, and able. This doesn’t mean I don’t get that shaky feeling or nervousness. This just simply means I have enough juice to face my fears and walk through them. We are always going to be presented with various obstacles or challenges in our life.
These obstacles are also going to come with some kind of fear, but the great news is that we do not have to run from them today. The more we face our fears and walk through them, the more strength we obtain and the more we feel accomplished and part of this world. Life doesn’t always have to be as scary as we make it, so don’t forget to enjoy the process, too.
This moment is going to pass, so try to not let too many moments pass in fear – eventually it may lead to regret,and I’d rather face my fears than wonder “what if.” Wouldn’t you?
Just for today, face your fears head on! You might be surprised at what is waiting for you on the other side.
Written By: Watershed AshlingTags: Fear, keep calm, motivation monday, motivational monday, motivational monday meditation, Watershed Ashling