When is Fear a Good Thing?
Can fear be your ally, a good thing? Is there ever a time when we can say "thank you" to fear? I never used to think so, and here's what I learned when I reflected . . .

Here's the message in fear—it can keep us focused, capable, and can be an asset if we know how to use it. Fear is not the same as anxiety and worry. The lowest level of fear is cautious and alert; we can feel insight in our gut and follow our instincts. That's a huge asset—it keeps us alive! We sense danger, pay heed rather than dismiss it, and formulate a plan to work out the situation.

Fear is intelligence that helps us survive. One time I was caught in a rip current, and it was taking me out. I lost my footing and followed the known survival technique to swim along the shoreline. This must've been a wide current because I wasn't clearing it, and I was getting tired. I called to my hubby Tony who came out, but he lost his footing too. He encouraged us to keep trying to swim along the shoreline, but I'd been out too long and was truly ready to just stop trying—I was seriously that tired.

Then I realized we were drifting in but getting pulled back out, and I noticed my feet were being pulled out while my head was going in toward land. There was such a strange feeling of being pulled toward shore, followed by being pulled back out.. My head was barely afloat by now. So I laid on my back and floated—I'm not very good at floating, but I tried my best. I noticed I was floating toward land, so that's what we did—we floated.

Had we panicked, we would have both drowned, but we stayed focused. If we were distracted by anxiety, we would have lost focus. We both tuned in to our internal wisdom, and we survived. We've had lots of close calls in our life, but we keep our wits about us and work through it. I have lots of survival stories because I believe in living life fully!

Do you think fear can be a force for good if we know how to use it? Can we focus fear away from panic and tune in to it as a survival skill?

Do you have a survival story—a time you sat up and tuned in to your fear and it saved your life?

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