December 3, 2009

Strategies through the Door of Fear

I have to admit the door of fear was scaring me. I was really excited
about going to the desert and surviving a seemingly impossible situation
and living to tell about it.  Where did my courage go?  My goal is to
build memories and experiences for my family that are unique and will
give my children different perspectives on living.  We lived off the grid
before, so I wasn't worried about that.  In fact I welcomed it because it
forces you into a different rhythm of life.

My door has started to take on a little bit of a fun element in the
scorpion.  I thought Yeah, she would definitely have a flashlight for eyes
so that she would be able to find me.  In exaggerating my fear, I actually
was able to start laughing at it..I thought about people like Evil
Knievel, who thrive on doing things that people said couldn't be done. How
do they strategize when looking at the door of fear?  I think they look
past it.  I think they look at what they will gain rather than what they
could lose.  I think too that they have had enough experience to believe
that there is always a way out.  But I also think that they get addicted
to the rush that fear can create.  It distracts them from a lot of other
things they may not be dealing with.  They have an excuse, or at least a
mental escape while they are focused on the job at hand.

So I guess we should ask our self

  • What is our strategy when dealing with fear? 
  • How do we dress it up so that we can go through the door? 
  • How do we distract ourselves long enough to push past the feelings that would seem to overwhelm us?  
  • How do we get "focus?"

Art of Symbols of Fear

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.