The other side

What do you fear most? What keeps you up at night, chest pounding, head throbbing? I heard a phrase today from actor/musician Will Smith that has set me to pondering.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

So simple, but so true, as truth usually is. Truth, when we’re open to it, usually strikes us between the eyes because once we’ve heard it, we wonder how we missed it before. Pretty much the same goes for fear. It is more covert in its impact, however, as fear usually wheedles into the cracks in our edifice rather than the direct bolt to the cranium. Once fear insinuates itself into those cracks, it begins expanding, forcing the cracks to be filled with more and more fear. The truth about fear is that it is viral in nature and once it takes hold, it requires very strong medicine, indeed.

I’ve felt and succumbed to that fear for many years. Even though I felt imprisoned by my circumstances, became increasingly depressed over it, I just couldn’t muster the courage to actually do something about it. Until the moment came when I realized that everything I wanted was on the other side of that fear. Now, it should be noted, facing your fear is not easy, it hurts like hell, and it can be the most emotionally traumatic thing you can do in life. But after trauma, there is healing. Like the trauma to a bone or an internal organ, almost immediately the healing begins.

Face your fear.

Find your truth.

What you want is waiting…just on the other side.

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