Posts Tagged ‘fear’

Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

—Arthur Somers Roche (Image by Pixabay; Free Use)

Perhaps one of the greatest quotes ever written. Absolute truth. For far too many of us, worrisome thought patterns, or channels, have become so ingrained in our mind that virtually all other thoughts naturally flow in their direction. Sadly, if we choose to live an unconscious life, we never stop to analyze what is happening; we just accept it.

But we do control our thoughts, and we control them completely. The external environment can throw anything at us, but only we choose how to process what has happened, and we choose how to respond. We can let the channels built on fear automatically determine our feelings and reactions, or we can consciously take charge and select our emotional state and physical response.

Better yet, let’s begin filling in those channels of angst and start digging deeper trenches in our mind based on states of serenity, joy, trust, and admiration. Not only will this make us feel immensely better, it will help us regain our sense of purpose in life.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

Female rock climber clinging to a cliff.

— Will Durant (Photo licensed)

…It is so easy to be consumed by our “hopes or fears or wishes,” and those constant thought patterns typically manifest themselves in the form of inaction. We become paralyzed by the fear of what might transpire, and simply hope—often desperately—for a brighter future.

But hope is not a strategy, and fear is harmful, negative energy which we must contain. Put your hopes and fears and wishes to paper. Write down a clear vision of what you want to happen, and then chart a path to get from where you are now to where you wish to be. Break the map down into manageable trips, and immediately begin moving forward. Once you have embarked on your journey, you will (amazingly) find that you are no longer consumed by your old, stale, imprisoning thought patterns.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Madame Curie on Fear

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.


—Marie Curie (Public domain)

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Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.


—Pliny the Elder

…I speak only for myself here: How much time has been wasted fearing what we think could happen instead of living life to the fullest, in the moment?

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Patton on Fear

There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.

Patton, George S

—George S. Patton

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Carnegie, Dale

—Dale Carnegie

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The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Mark Twain

—Mark Twain

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