Courage Is Facing Fear

Copyright (c) 2010 Scott F Paradis

Courage is that quality resident in each person that recognizes fear for what it is and releases it appropriately. Courage is the ability to act, to take the next step, despite or in spite of a negative emotion dominating the body. Courage is not the absence of fear; rather, it is the trait that allows us to act while the energy of fear is present. Courage is the attribute of release. It takes courage to let go, to move out into the stream, to take the next small step forward. Courage is the ability to let go despite all the evidence demanding you cling tightly to your present circumstances and limited ideas about reality.

The challenge, when the emotion of fear takes hold, has been labeled the “flight or fight syndrome.” A person has three options: distance him or herself from the threat (run away); resist the object of the threat (fight); or do nothing. The options to deal with fear first require a response to the emotion and then an action to address the circumstances. We lose when we fall victim to emotion, fleeing, fighting, or succumbing to fear’s paralysis. There is another way. That other way is to never become a channel for fear.

Wisdom is the word used to describe the path to enlightenment, the road to enduring security. Through wisdom we recognize initially the nature of fear, and through wisdom aided by faith we finally come to exist in a state where we banish fear from awareness. We overcome fear by recognizing fear’s insignificance.

Life presents a profound opportunity, the opportunity to eliminate the negative energy of fear by choosing a life of faith and positive expectation. To live a life of faith requires a spiritual connection to the source and a realization that this place is not our ultimate home. We are visitors in a strange and marvelous land – we journey here on tourist visas. We enjoy our temporary stay, accept the passing of time, circumstances, possessions, and possibilities. Reveling in the moment, we remain secure in the knowledge that no matter what this life brings this reality of flesh and blood, air, earth, water and fire is temporary and transient. We, the awareness, the observer, are permanent and enduring.

Life is a rollercoaster. Sometimes life moves fast, sometime life moves slow, but always it moves. We experience highs and lows, ups and downs. Emotions wash over us like waves crashing on the seashore. Circumstances come into our lives and situations change. This entire existence is in motion. Life, this world, this existence is change. By recognizing we are the observer, we are awareness: we can act courageously to dissolve fear.

As William James said, “Much of what we call evil is due entirely to how we take the phenomenon. Its sting can so often depart when, after vainly seeking to shun it, we agree to face about and bear it…” Courage is facing fear, feeling its anxiety, and acting despite the emotion. Don’t let fear rule your life. Choose your own best course by letting go of fear.

About the Author:
Scott F. Paradis, author of “Promise and Potential: A Life of Wisdom, Courage, Strength and Will” publishes “Insights” and a free weekly ezine, “Money, Power and the True Path to Prosperity”. Subscribe now at
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