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Photo Friday: Facing Our Fears

Photo Friday: Facing Our Fears.

What do I fear? I think frequently what I fear is not the matter in front of me, but the idea that something I face and faces me is different and there is potential for change I cannot control.

We separate from the world in ways that allow us to think as spectators. As Renate suggested, once we remove the medium through which we view the world, in this case a spider, it moves closer to us.

Yet, we cannot escape danger. We face it each day, perhaps each moment in some ways unknown to us and that presents a danger itself. We lose sight of the world we live in.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

10 responses »

  1. Thank you kindly for the mention and share, Ivan.

  2. Danger yes. I have read many books on fear, the mechanism would be called. The adrenal stress response or fight, flight or freeze.

    The trouble with fear is the amount of irrational fear we create with thought, emotion and judgment. We waste our lives manipulating, avoiding and facing fears that exist only inside our mind.

    Real fear is probably around 5% of the scary things we honor.

    Irrational fear, anxiety,,doubt, worry and unworthiness make up the majority of what we perceive as real fear.

    We fear criticism.,ridicule, being ostracized. We hate to,lose, avoid uncomfortable and awkward, so our real,issue is clearing out irrational fear.

    The rest is manageable.

    My opinion.

  3. “what I fear is not the matter in front of me, but the idea that something I face and faces me is different and there is potential for change I cannot control”

    Good point!

  4. Yes, we do and fear causes us to shrivel up and stop living. We need to be able to stand in our light.


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