Fear and excitement, two sides of the same coin

After my pity party the other day I, of course, turned to my coping mechanisms. Any form of carbs (as there were no chocolates available at the time :-)) and books.

I found some peace of mind in You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought by John-Roger and Peter McWilliams.

Thoughts are lenses through which we look at our world. If you try to NOT think of something, you will certainly be thinking about that something.

[There’s a scene in one of Terry Pratchett’s books where Granny Weatherwax manages to not think of that proverbial pink elephant, simply because she had no idea what an elephant is. It’s of course much more entertaining in HIS words…]

Our brain might be the hub for all our senses, but it doesn’t know whether our thoughts are the truth or not. And therefore, whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right…


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.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Mind you, no “horrors” here. Just petty stuff trying to break this camel’s back :-).

Virgil Thomson once said:
“Try a thing you haven’t tried before three times – once to get over the fear, once to find out how to do it, and a third time to find out whether you like it or not.”

Fear and excitement are two sides of the same coin. What we think of as negative, fear, and positive, excitement, is the same sensation! The only difference is what we choose to call it.


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