How much of what we “fear” is truly fearsome?
Take inventory of your fears. Make a list, then one-by-one investigate each of your fears and analyze which are fact and which are fiction.
Was there an incident in your past that made you fearful?
OK, perhaps, but it already happened, right? What is there left to fear if it’s in the past? Presently, it’s no longer real. It’s a story, a tale, a lie.
This memory of danger is your mental artifact of fear, but it is no longer real.
Now let’s check your list of fears again. How many are in the future?
See, you have created a fiction, because we’re in the present tense, the future is yet to happen.
What is it you’re afraid of again? Something that hasn’t happened?
And you’re quite creative in your projection.
The future you fictionalize sets off numerous plots and subplots of events that could happen, that might occur, but right now these events are all a fabrication, and it is the source of fear.
Fear IS the memory of danger, and in a positive application, a reinforcement that we don’t step out onto the street in front of a moving bus.
But so many fears are actually perceptions, based on the “what if.”