The experience taught me a lesson about fear. It’s not just the dark and wicked emotion that we all wish would be gone because it seems excessive compared to its survival value in the relative safety of the 21st century. Like all emotions, it has an upside…
Jim Manske’s insight:
Fear, like all emotions, has a life-serving purpose. Like the lights on the dashboard of our car, emotions give us vital information about the state of our needs. Fear is the signal that our need for safety or security may not be met. If we ignore fear, we do it at our own peril.
And, it makes sense to investigate when we have fear. If we think we see a snake in the path, STOP! Investigate. Then if it is a snake, choose a path that contributes to safety. If it turns out to be a rope, we can laugh!