One Thing that Scares You
October 17, 2013
On the desk of a friend, under the clear coaster saving her desk
from all manner of coffee and water stains, is something else that
saves her most every day. It's a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that
she credits as the ultimate constructive dare: "Do something
every day that scares you." That's it. It saves her, she
confesses, because most days it's easier not to.
We tell our kids not to be afraid of the dark, that there's
nothing they can't do and that monsters are make believe. We brush
off their fears while we cultivate and conceal our own.
But what happens when we own up to
one thing we've been scared to tackle, that we've been putting off
or dreading and then we do it?
Is it public speaking (polls
- and Jerry Seinfeld - say people fear it more than death), telling
someone how we feel, conquering our fear of
flying, spiders or small spaces? Is it breaking a bad habit or starting a new
For us? Trying new flavors and making new friends. Swallowing
our pride and asking the IT guy to show us one more time. Keeping
our dentist appointment and getting up in front of the room with
confidence. The only thing we have to
fear is fear itself.
And all that Halloween candy.
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