This was a line in a book I just finished. I don't remember the context. Only the line. It's a great one. And it's just how I feel about fear today.
Before Al-Anon, I had a hard time identifying my feelings. Today, I can identify them as well as what's behind them. Usually, if I drill down far enough, I'll hit a well of fear. And then I can let it go.
"That's just fear," I can tell myself.
In this program, I've heard fear referred to as
I like this, because I've found that many of my fears are irrational, and most of the things I feared never happened.
In my fourth step inventory, I identified my fears. Through meditation, I got to know them well. Like the Wizard of Oz, I pulled back the curtain to find a homely little man.
"That's what I've been afraid of all this time?" I wanted to laugh.
Fear lost its power over me.
Now when fear wells up, I can face it down.
"I know you," I tell it. "You don't scare me."
Mostly. And on my best days.
Of course, there are days when I am more fearful than others. And as an Al-Anon, I do have fears that are not irrational. Like the fact that my daughter could die from this disease.
But I'm powerless over that. I can turn it over to God. I can pray for acceptance. I can live my life.
Free of fear.