Does the picture above have you a little creeped out?
I bet it does.
I like to think fear, in whatever it is we are fearful of, is something we can overcome to make us better.
Fear holds us back from achieving our goals. If we, in many instances, faced our fears we could conquer them. Achieving things we never thought possible.
Keep in mind, fear is also something that keeps us in line. If we didn’t have fear, we wouldn’t have the basic human instinct to protect ourselves and others from danger.
This past weekend my wife, Jenn, and I went to go see the remake of the infamous 1980’s classic movie “IT”.
Most of us remember the clown “Pennywise”, the Stephen King creation, who put the town of Derry, Maine in a frenzy. Every 27 years this demon rears his ugly head in this small quaint town. Pennywise has a charming affect to his character with his lovable clown humor, makeup, and bright red balloon. He uses these friendly clown traits to lure young children into his sewer of death. Where he becomes a murderous demon from hell.
The movie begins with Georgie, the little Brother of the main character, Bill, playing with a boat they had made together outside in the rain. As the boat starts to pick up speed down the street Georgie loses the boat as it quickly heads to a sewer opening in the curb. When he looks into the opening out appears the dreadful clown. Playing nice with little Georgie, Pennywise asks if he would like his boat back. The moment Georgie starts to become fearful of this demonic clown, “IT” takes the boy’s life.
IT’s FEAR that Pennywise thirsts for. IT’s what he craves most. IT’s what he feasts on. When a child shows his or her fear “IT” becomes a murderous demon. Showing his hundreds of sharp teeth that look like a Venus Fly trap ready to swallow its prey.
The cast of kids, known as “the losers club”, ends up defeating “IT” because they realize the clown is only after their fear. “IT” lives for fear. “IT” loves seeing the fear in a child’s eye. If they can overcome their fear, “IT” will destroy Pennywise’s sick and twisted existence for good.
How do we conquer our fears?
Fear is something that never really goes away in our lives, it just evolves. As a child you think, at least I did, that fear goes away when you become an adult. When we are children, we think adults are in control and fearless. It’s funny how our perception of reality in our adolescence is much different than what reality really is.
When we were kids we feared getting punished for bad grades. Getting bullied at school. The boogie man in the basement. And of course the dreaded dark.
I remember, as a young boy, having vivid dreams of me walking down a street being grabbed into a moving car. This dream happened night after night, on the same street in the same spot, for years. Each time I was grabbed and pulled into the back seat of the same moving car everything instantly turned black. I woke up in a panic, scared, and short of breath every night at the same point in the dream.
As the dreams worsened, I remember having a conversation at school with a friend of mine. I confided within him that I was having these dreams. I told him I was becoming scared to go to sleep. He was a best friend at the time so I hoped he wouldn’t judge me. Because there again, I was fearful of him telling other kids. I am glad I did because he experienced bad dreams as well. We started talking about them more regularly and started to talk about how we could overcome them. By the end of the school year we both started to experience the dreams much less frequently. We conquered our fears by facing them head on.
If I hadn’t hurdled the fear of bringing this up to my friend, who knows how bad IT would have become.
Everyone in this world experiences FEAR. Fear of losing a job. Fear of not succeeding. Fear of being rejected. Fear encompasses everything. Some let fear control them more than others. Some can face IT head on. Some need help facing IT. Others let IT take over their lives.
There is something else millions of people are fearful of that I would like you to know about.
I recently interviewed Ginette Slaiher of Acupuncture Wellness & Fertility Clinic on the Arlington-Prospect Advice Givers® Podcast. Ginette shines light on the millions of people, each year, who struggle to have children. This fear, of not being able to conceive, is real issue for men and women who desire to start a family.
For those of us who are able to conceive, we are fortunate. Having someone like Ginette, who is an expert in her field, providing an alternative plan to increasing your odds of having a child is a breath of fresh air. Ginette introduces her clients to confronting the stresses and fears of getting pregnant. You must listen to episode 74 here. If this life changing information doesn’t pertain to you, pass it along to someone you know who it may help. This might just be what they are looking for. If IT is, you are going to want to contact Ginette on her website here.
If we don’t start confronting our fears, just think of how many opportunities we will miss out on. I was scared to death to start writing this weekly email and my monthly newsletter. I am still scared every time I hit send each week. I know my punctuation, spelling and grammar can be awful at times but I couldn’t imagine not having this relationship I have built with you over the past year.
Whatever IT is that you are fearful of, you can conquer IT.
Because “IT” is just a figment of reality. The “club of losers” faced “IT”. Destroyed “IT”. Conquered “IT”. They figured out that they had to band together to destroy Pennywise the demonic clown or else Derry would suffer forever.
“IT’s” something we ALL can do.
Here’s to a good week!
C Steven Weirich
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