Fear

Frozen by Fear

Jun 26, 2019
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When someone has experienced significant tragedy or trauma in their life, they oftenare surprised by how long the fear lasts.  

C.S. Lewis wrote after he lost his wife how surprised he was to find that grief feels a lot like fear. And fear can literally freeze you. And if that’s the case for you, you may need both a plan and a person.

First, for anyone dealing with loss, trauma or tragedy, my heart goes out to you. Sometimes there is nothing more I can say but, “That must be really hard.” Because it is.

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Fear can be a great help. Or it can be a great hindrance. It all depends on how well you understand it.

All of us have had the unpleasant experience of having a smoke alarm go off for no apparent reason. It is one of the unwritten laws of the universe that it never happens at noon. No, it always occurs between midnight and 4am.

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Fear is a funny thing – it often tricks us into exchanging one perceived problem for a much larger one.

I don’t know too many folks who break into a cold sweat when they get into a car to drive a few hours. But let that same person board an airplane, and they are much more likely to experience a heightened sense of fear, even dread.

 

The National Safety Council estimates your lifetime odds of dying in a car accident at about 1 in 100. For air travel, the lifetime odds are about 1 in 200,000.