Fear is a Thief and a Liar
Fear is a thief and a liar.
As a thief, Fear robs us of the present moment.
The vast majority of the time that we are experiencing Fear, we are in no real immediate danger. (If you’re being chased by a lion or being mugged right now, this doesn’t apply to you. Please put down your computer or smart phone and RUN! If not, please keep reading.)
If the present moment contains no true danger, then Fear is causing our attention and energy to be squandered on something that isn’t real. At best, Fear is a hypothesis about something in the future that may or may not happen.
Which brings up the second point. Fear is also a liar.
The things that Fear insidiously whispers into your psyche are trumped-up lies. It tells you lies about what other people “probably” think about you. Lies about that thing you want to accomplish, but you’ll “probably” end up failing at it. Lies about how you’ve “probably” screwed up your future by that horrible mistake you made in your past. All lies.
Think of how many times you’ve experienced Fear and the thing you were afraid of turned out to be no big deal. Your Fear has been wrong so many times, it’s amazing you pay attention to anything with that bad a track record.
Fear doesn’t have your best interests in mind, like it wants you to believe. Fear deprives your of your greatest gift–the present moment–and it seeks to limit your future with a bunch of lies.
Next time you experience Fear, expose it as a thief and a liar.
Catch it red-handed, in the act of its deception. And, then, unceremoniously show it the door. The quicker, the better.