Intrepidness – is a powerful word. People who overcome adversity are intrepid. Intrepidness means resolutely fearless or undaunted. Synonyms for intrepidness are brave, courageous, or bold. To fully understand intrepidness, however, one must understand it’s polar opposite – trepidation. Trepidation is fear, alarm, turmoil, and anxiousness.
Fear can be a difficult topic to talk about. Fear is a barrier that holds us back from getting and becoming all that we desire. What is fear? It is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, whether the threat is real or imagined. Fear is crippling because it has to do with darkness and ignorance. At the root of fear is a lack of understanding.
Fear is the most insidious adversity we can face. Fear is the enemy within us that causes doubt and insecurity. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed, “The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Fear ultimately makes us weak and helpless.
Fear is a powerful, primal emotion. Everyone is afraid at some level and must either confront their fear or let it control them. To overcome fear everyone must pass through its darkness to get to the light. I have experienced my share of fear as I deal with the affects Parkinson’s Disease has had on my life. I have had to learn that I cannot just cope with my disease, or just survive, but I must overcome it. To do that I need to understand fear and make a resolute decision to be an overcomer.
I have learned that adversity and fear are internal, I allow them inside my mind. If I am distressed by anything, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but my perception of the thing; and I have the power to change that perception at any moment. Fear is a way of thinking – I must chose to a higher way of thinking to overcome fear. According to Mark Twain, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.”
I sometimes become fearful and insecure when I’m out in public. I feel that people are staring at me because of my dyskinesia caused by Parkinson’s. Dyskinesia like moving uncontrollably or becoming stiff and immobile. My fear is amplified when my medicine is not working well. These fearful thoughts only make my condition worse.
I also fear emotional suffering. I know there is no way I can avoid suffering. Everyone suffers to some degree or another. The negative thoughts that creep into my head are a mindset that leads to fear. When I’m angry, I’m afraid. When I’m frustrated, I’m afraid. When I feel like I’m losing control of my life, I’m afraid. I have learned fear does not come from the Source of all life, the Source produces only love. Love is the most powerful ultimate force in the universe. Just as light drives out darkness, so love drives out fear.
So, what is my solution to overcoming fear? Marcus Aurelius said, “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” I must change my thought process. I must decide to take action and take my fears to the Source of all that is true. I need to remind myself of the truth – that I have a spark of the divinity living in me. The Creator of the Universe has given me the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Romans 8:11 states, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Thus, I have a choice in the matter – I have a decision to make. I can decide not to be fearful, but to focus my mind on the truth and thoughts that inform me I am an overcomer.
I have realized the Universe has an objective for me – to grow and improve myself. I must be still and allow the Source of all light and goodness to work and move through me. By doing so, I can help other people and have a positive impact on my part of the world. This gives my life meaning, direction, and a purpose.
I also realized I need to be open with my fears. Openness shines light into the darkness. I can learn to overcome my fears by seeking light. Talking about my fears helps to change my perspective on my thoughts and feelings. Just as I need to show my wounds to a doctor to be healed, I must reveal my fears to be healed. Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy”.
A Japanese proverb says, “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” Thus, intrepidness and fear are at war in my mind – the battle is in my head. My thoughts are my life. The miracle is changing my perspective of the events in my life. I take fear captive by reminding myself of the truth. The truth is God can help me overcome my fears and I don’t have to be controlled by them. The truth is that only love overcomes fear. I must chose to focus my thoughts on the Source of all goodness, in whom there is only love and light, then fear and darkness will vanish, and I can overcome any adversity.