Recently I’ve been posting informal survey questions in Facebook, just for fun. My diverse and creative friends never cease to make it interesting with their responses. Today I asked them to finish the phrase: “if I had one day to do anything I wanted to without fear, I would ___________.” I must admit I was surprised by the answers.
Many people simply wanted to take a cross-country trip they have dreamed about. The fear in that (I guess) is in everything falling apart at home if they headed out on the open road. A few daredevils wanted to jump out of planes, rob casinos or leave an impression on the White House lawn. Something about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue makes folks want to act out.
By far my favorite comment came from my friend Baruch, who said, “I would simply enjoy myself… without having to worry about a stock market crash, double-dip recession, nuclear Iran, chances of being diagnosed with cancer, or that something will happen to my kids. Give me a day without fear, and I will give you pure joy.” Now that’s a refreshing attitude. You are granted one day completely without fear… and instead of taking a risk, you just sit and enjoy the peace of mind.
Living with some fear can be healthy. Fear keeps us vigilant and aware of potential threats we should defend ourselves from, but it can be crippling if it takes over your life. While completely eliminating fear may be impossible, overcoming irrational fear with courage and faith must certainly be within our control.
Take another look at that dream that fear has so far kept out of your reach. If you could set aside your fear for just one day, would you get started? Can you imagine the peace of mind and sense of fulfillment after you achieve it?