fear or trust?
Are your actions and reactions more driven by fear or by trust?
I’ve come up with this theme for today’s post as our Toastmasters meeting tonight had the theme, “Fear the fear and do it anyway.” I had a bit of difficulty relating to that theme as fear doesn’t play a major role in my life.
I’d never really thought about it before, but I can’t really say I’m afraid of too much — other than being mugged or accosted if I was walking alone down a dark street at night. And I wouldn’t put myself in the circumstances to be that position unless it was absolutely necessary. For the most part, I avoid situations where there seems to be unnecessary, obvious risk. That, to me, is just plain common sense.
But one of our members tonight made the observation that “fear and trust go hand in hand” based on the assumption that you fear less if you trust more. I could really relate to that assessment.
I think I fear less because I trust more, and for the most part, that has served me well. Being a trusting person has opened the door to having conversations with people I may have otherwise avoided, taking chances that life circumstances will work out favourably, not worrying and being an optimist. It has opened many literal and imaginary doors and presented numerous wonderful opportunities for growth, challenge, excitement and unexpected knowledge.
But on occasion, being trusting has resulted in my being taken advantage of, being lied to and having a diminished image of the human race. I wrote about this previously and still feel saddened when I think about how some people make their livings.
What has been your experience? Do you find fears hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest? Or do you have an overly trusting nature that may have put you at risk on occasion? Or are you fortunate to have found the perfect balance to guide your actions and reactions?
Please share your thoughts and experiences with us. We have an amazing community here, and if you haven’t yet read the responses to the previous post about Success Journals, please do. There were some terrific ideas and perspectives shared among us.