PONDER on THIS for Monday, November 9th, 2009 by Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“It is impossible to eradicate fear. This would be foolish anyway as it would divest you of a crucial ally. You need fear to keep you alive, both in emergencies and in day-to-day survival matters. Fear is not there to stop you. It’s there to push you on in the right direction. It is not there to rule you, it’s there to serve you.

Your fear prevents you from burning your hands in the oven, but this does not prevent you from cooking food. To continue effectively on your path, your fear must be overridden. Overriding fear involves first acknowledging it and then continuing in spite of it, quaking in your boots if need be. This trembling, openhearted willingness to remain forever in your course, allowing the world to shape itself to completion around you, is true courage.”

Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao”

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