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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Facing Our Fears

“Each time we face our fears, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”

"Acknowledging and overcoming fear are important to personal growth. Fear is one of the basic emotions. Some say that fear and love, its opposite, are the only real emotions. Fear is a contracting emotion. When we feel it we draw into ourselves. If we give in to it or allow it to take over we limit our range of possibilities, we become less than we really are. It is one of the barriers to personal growth."

So many times in my life I have allowed 'fear' to keep me in situations that were not good for me.  Fear of retaliation; Fear of being alone; Fear of what others' think; Fears for my children; and the most popular fear most of us have... the 'Fear of Change'.

Each and every time though, once I faced a fear and got the strength to take the first step in what was usually a major change in my life, I gained confidence and became stronger and stronger with each of the next steps.   Finally realizing the 'process' has helped me to 'take action' sooner, rather than later in the last few years. 

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."~ Marie Curie

Fear of changes and the unknown are the primary characteristics of Asperger Syndrome.  In fact, those fears can and usually control the lives of someone with Aspergers.

Using what I learned, has allowed me to help my son overcome and deal with his fears, and the anxiety that goes with as well.  Most people don't even know he has A.S. anymore, because he has faced his fears and learned to deal with them also. 

What a 'major change' in both our lives!   

"The fears you don’t face control you. The fears you face, you move beyond." ~Dr. Wayne Dyer


  1. That's wonderful you've been able to do that for your son - and for yourself!

  2. funny this is the 3rd post this morning on facing greatest fear is something will happen to my son...we really it is a fear that i dont have control...which is really a lack of trust in the universe...i could keep breaking it down for you but it comes back to me...smiles.

  3. Fear is ever present and sometimes I tend to make it a bigger factor than it truely is...

    WE all fear, most of us over come it, some are ruled by it. I hope I am the one who can over come.

  4. This is a great message for all of us!

  5. Great message, Coreen. You have done such a great job with your son with AS.. He obviously is doing great --and has learned to jump into life, head-first!!!!! Good for him.

  6. You're a really good mom to help him like that. That's amazing that most people don't even realize he has AS anymore.

  7. What statement this is! "Fear" or the chains that bind. Letting go and facing things is probably the most liberating emotion one can have. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  8. Fear - I guess you can avoid it - run from it - or face it. And if you face it - it can make you bitter or better!

  9. Facing our fears is tough for all of us, and I think we need this kind of reminder from time to time. Thanks for posting this, you've inspired me to go and face one of mine.

  10. Encouraging word here Coreen. Thank you for sharing.


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