November 19

“Remember, however, before all else, to strip things of all that disturbs and confuses, and to see what each is at bottom; you will then comprehend that they contain nothing fearful except the actual fear.” – Seneca

The most terrifying aspect of anything we may ever attempt is the period between us deciding we are going to do something and then setting out on the actually act of doing the thing. In that moment is all of the anticipation, the expectation, and the visualization of how things are going to go, how we think they should go, and of course how everything could go wrong.

But how often are we right? The answer of course, is never. Even in the most mundane and routine of tasks, things never go exactly the way we planned them. If we need confirmation of that we can plan out brushing our teeth, to the minute detail, and then carry it out and see how close we were. It’s not the same.

But that fear, the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, even the fear of embarrassment these are all good things. They keep us humble, they keep us mostly within the scope of our abilities, and they remind us to control the things we can to the best of our ability before, during and after we attempt to reach a goal.

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