Our Noblest Dreams

On the Other Side of Fear

“Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” (Jack Canfield)

The trick is to get to that other side where fear is behind us, holding us back no more. Fear rises up out of several emotions — low self esteem, a crisis of confidence, indecision. All are conditions that can give rise to paralyzing fear that decimates our noblest dreams.

Consider some of the situations in life when fear stopped you in your tracks. I remember one career opportunity in particular that I passed up because of unreasonable fear. Not taking that job changed the course of my life. I have always wondered how different my life might have been if I had followed that path. There is no doubt in my mind that the path I did not take would have made my life so much richer and fuller.

But the only thing worse than fear is regret, so I will leave that flawed decision behind me and move forward. And I intend to move forward without fear. “Fear is an idea-crippling,experience- crushing, success-stalling inhibitor inflicted only by yourself.” So says Stephanie Melish.

How right she is about the negative power of fear. The problem is that because we are living our fears, we are not living our dreams. So let’s make a pact to get a handle on our fears so that life can be powered by our noblest dreams.

The gospel singer and recording artist, Wintley Phipps, offers a very encouraging word:

“In the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings, your noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you have been through.”

Please listen to “It Is Well with My Soul” presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C-wd5FH3ANA

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