Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat
From the moment we are born, childhood fears begin. Some medical professions say we are born with the fear of falling. If you ask any parent if they want their child to live in fear, they would emphatically say, “no,” yet many children and family members do live in fear. Why do you think this is so?
Perhaps the person whom your loved ones rely on the most to alleviate their fears doesn’t. Perhaps you don’t understand how fearful their world can be. Perhaps you don’t remember the playground bully of your school days or the lady at church who smelled funny.
As adults, we often forget that things and people can appear menacing to our loved ones. We forget the time when we feared that bedroom shadows surely concealed a monster under the bed when the lights were turned off. And though you may like horror or slasher movies, not everyone shares your passion. Perhaps your loved ones would be less fearful if they never saw them at all. Maybe you too would be better off without those images rattling around in your head and heart.
Be mindful that your loved ones look to you to protect and keep them safe. Remember also that your loved ones also look to you to teach them how not to be afraid. So here’s the challenge, what can you do today to help your loved ones to be less fearful?
“The greatest shackles we bear in this life are those forged by our own fear”
Richard Paul Evans.
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