“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”
Look Fear in the Face
How do we look fear in the face? Maybe it is the simple acknowledgement or recognition of the fear. Then simply carrying on instead of letting that fear turn us into a puddle. We can hardly compare the horrors of today to the horrors of the Great Depression and World War II. But fear is just as real and relevant for us today, as it always has been. Real or imagined, fear has a psychological power over us.
My favorite thing to think of when contemplating fear is from the Harry Potter books, the Boggart-Banishing spell. A Boggart in the Harry Potter world takes on the form of your worst fear to defeat you or stop you. The spell to defeat the Boggart is spoken out loud as ‘Riddikulus’, thus rendering the Boggart into a ridiculous form that you can laugh at. Which is then ultimately powerless over you. The idea is to laugh at the Boggart, laugh at your fear and the fear becomes powerless over you.
Most of our fears when we truly look at them are ridiculous, even if they don’t feel that way. But facing them, acknowledging them is definitely the first step. If you can go a step further and make them comical even better!
So, try saying it, or at least think it, ‘Riddikulus’!! I guarantee it can take some of the weight out your fear.