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Facing Fears

In the sci fi movie, The Highlander, certain people who are “immortals” cannot be killed by anyone except another immortal cutting off the head of the vanquished.  (Otherwise, the immortals live for centuries without aging).  When the victor cuts off the head of his opponent, an electrical power surrounds him, somehow bestowing the power on him from the one he defeated, making that victor even stronger.

Sometimes I feel like that.  When I face my fears, I emerge stronger than before.

There is a phenomenon that a person who survives a battle, even with wounds and scars, becomes stronger for the next battle.  Most battles are not in war, but personal problems of a normal life.  Most scars are not physical, but emotional.  Most courage is not a lack of fear, but a facing of fear.

John Wayne, my favorite philosopher, said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

You, dear readers, have your own examples from your own lives, when you have saddled up and gotten back on the horse.

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4 thoughts on “Facing Fears

  1. You have a graceful way of expressing timeless ideas.

  2. Wonderfully said. The Duke and I share the same hometown, Winterset, Iowa. They just built a new John Wayne museum out there, last year. You might be interested in visiting it if you are ever through that neck-of-the-woods.

    My personal favorite John Wayne quote is: “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much”. That one has gotten me through quite a number of heated business meetings.

  3. Wonderfully written, sir. And the Duke has said many lines in his movies that have become immortal but as you wrote, “Saddle up” is likely his more memorable one from “Sands of Iwo Jima”.

    …And confronting is at times very hard, especially when it’s yourself you’re confronting.

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