“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson
In light of Halloween, the subject of fear has been on my mind recently. Of course, there is literal fear –especially this time of year when being scared becomes entertainment, and even exciting to some. But what about internal fears? What is it that truly scares you? For most of us, the obvious answer is simple: failure. In a world of high standards and general conformity, we are often afraid of standing out as someone who is inferior or incapable. But what if that way of thinking just isn’t true? Perhaps our “failures” are merely bends in the road that point us in the direction of where we are really supposed to be.
When it comes to education, we often expect our children to fit perfectly into the mold of the majority. Funding has been cut in many of the local schools for the Arts, and we tend to frown upon those who seem “unique”. Well what if those differences unlocked who we really are? Does it really matter if we don’t follow the exact same path as everyone else? Sure, it’s intimidating to stand out from the crowd – but should fear of standing alone hold you back? Are we really afraid of failure – or success? What do we really want to teach our children about taking risks and fulfilling their individual potential?
See, I believe the most tragic question we can ever ask ourselves is “What if?” – because it implies that we have regrets, or that we did not step out in faith and try. When it comes to retrospect, asking ourselves “What if?” is a dangerous, futile attempt at making sense of something we cannot change. But asking ourselves “What if?” in terms of the future, unlocks passages we might normally overlook, and broadens the horizons of our capabilities.
So, this Halloween, when you are celebrating a day for the fun found in fear….consider how fear affects you on a daily basis. Don’t let it hold you or your children back. Rather, let it become the catalyst for true change in your life –and to unlocking the realm of your own strengths. Why? Because each one of us is capable of so much more than we realize.
When I founded Triumph Tutoring, Inc., I set out to reach students of all ability levels –and all motivation levels. If your child needs help taking that first step in faith, contact us today. We genuinely want to help each student discover their calling, and overcome any obstacles that may prevent them from believing that they can succeed. Don’t let them indulge in the fear of the unknown. Besides, isn’t the anticipation the best part?