Fear is a powerful emotion. It’s an important one as well, because it can keep you from getting killed. It’s ok to be afraid when the circumstances warrant it. The problem comes when an emotion like fear is applied when the circumstances don’t warrant it. This isn’t isolated to fear. It happens with emotions like trust as well. One person violates your trust and you begin to distrust all people, even the trustworthy. It’s a downward spiral that allows your past to control your future.
Today, I took my fear into the water with me. It got pretty big and a little scary while I was surfing on Tuesday evening, but it wasn’t that way today. Still, the fear remained. I couldn’t shake it. In surf that wasn’t too far outside the norm of what we see here, I was scared and that didn’t serve me. A short video on that point.
The important thing for me today was just to notice the emotion and experience it completely. I was afraid. It was irrational. Now I can move on.