Eliminate Fear

by Michael Jamison

Fear that you will slip on winter ice, and you greatly increase your odds of doing so. Fear that your retirement savings will not hold out, and you probably will outlive them. Fear that you will catch a winter cold because everybody else is, and you might as well start carrying a box of Kleenex around with you already. Fear is the most powerful influence in getting you what you don’t want. With a slight adjustment in attitude, however, you can leverage fear to your advantage.

For example, fear of running out of gasoline motivates me to fill my tank when the gage reaches the half-way mark. Mathematically, this cuts my fear at least in half. It also places me in a situation where I can wash my windshield and my headlights about twice as often as I would if I only got gasoline when running on fumes. This makes my vehicle safer to drive than it would be otherwise. With these side benefits working in my favor, the fear of running out of gas has been transformed into the practicality of filling my tank when it is down by only half.

The lesson is, replace fear with practicality. Is the big "C" feared by you so much that you refer to it only by its initial? Then get practical and get tested. Do you fear missing important verbal input due to a hearing loss? Then get practical and get fitted for a hearing aid. Do you fear that damage from fire, wind, or flood could make you homeless in an instant? Then get practical and get a comprehensive home- owner’s insurance policy.

Always, there is a way to eliminate fear. That way is practicality. Get practical, and you will be practically fear-free.

(For help in fearlessly eliminating fear, you are invited to contact Rev. Michael Jamison at Unity Church of Christianity (of a denomination nicknamed PRACTICAL Christianity), 9126 SW Tenth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615, 785-478-1333, to learn more about the Unity way of positive living.

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