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Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

May 1, 2013

Outrunning fear
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

I used to be afraid.

I feared many things: snakes, spiders, (lions, tigers and bears), the dark, being alone, writing, people not liking me, war, a car wreck, strangers, the monster under my bed and bad things happening to good people – to name just a few. When you think about it, there are lots of fears one might choose to choose.

After my children were born, my trepidations shot into overdrive. I was afraid for them as well as me and added new items to my fear-list – things like diaper rash, scraped knees and germs. I worried about warts, whooping cough, allergies, asthma, and dried beans shoved up a nostril.

My anxiety was logical. The greatest fears come from the possibility of losing that which is the most precious to us.

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