Just A Thought… Overcoming Fear – Path or Goal?

Carol Anne asked an interesting question about a week ago: If you could be totally amazing at just one thing, what one thing would you want to be amazing at? My first thought was I want to encounter obstacles, challenges, and life’s tests without pushing me through fear first. Then it made me think.

I would finally get rid of that odd feeling in my stomach while forcing me to keep going and I might move on faster. But do I really want that? Would it be the same feeling of excitement, of feeling my inner power burn higher, and of satisfaction after I am through it? Would I even question what I am doing this for after a while ?

Obstacles like fear may appear like the goal but they are only the path.
In the end, we don’t want to overcome the obstacle but ourselves.

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I’ve been thinking some more about this in view of joyroses question, and have come up with the following:
A purpose is a challenge (as distinct from a need which does not have to be a challenge).
A purpose will provide life’s meaning, whereas a need does not.
Eating is, for most of us, not a challenge but rather a survival need. In joyroses world with a newborn in the family, it is not a challenge to cuddle the newborn, however there may be a purpose in the context of developing a relationship with her … and that will have challenges.
If we looked back on our lives and noted that the only things we ever did was cuddle a newborn and eat … would we reflect back on a very rewarding life?

I stand by my original thoughts. Challenges = Purpose = Life.

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I like these background ponderings. I have been doing and starting so much in my life already. And the biggest and most fulfilling steps were challenging in the beginning, For example, I see being a mom of three as my biggest and most meaningful purpose. The decision to become a mom was never a challenge but perhaps the stages beginning with each birth were and still are. The challenges have grown with the children. But with each challenge the purpose gained meaning. Because I learned so much because of my children.
I agree, Colin. A challenge has a purpose and in the challenge lies the purpose to fulfill a greater purpose… and that’s what life is about!

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I am glad to see that my question made you think, there was a purpose in it then. πŸ™‚
I do agree with you after thinking more. For I was looking back on my life like you mentioned and yes, have to say that the things that have brought me the most purpose have also been the most challenging. Gotta love your example with the newborn. πŸ™‚

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Good question. If there is a purpose, then surely we must decide to do it. If we have to make such a decision, then there has to be other options = there is a challenge? I don’t think that a challenge necessarily has to be demanding, but it is still a challenge. The question should perhaps be “Does a purpose have to be challenging?” Just thinking.

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It is all in how one words the question, isn’t it.
Yes, you are right, not all challenges need to be demanding. Some challenges are like driving down a 7 lane highway during rush hour and some are more like driving on a country road, just watching out for curves and animals crossing the road! πŸ™‚

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Yes, I saw the discussion and could not help it but join in. It still does make sense to me and also her thoughts and your answer. Fantastically inspiring thoughts about this by both of you.

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If I could overcome every obstacle easily, I probably wouldn’t learn and grow as a person. If I could get going quicker in following through on some of the things I want to do that would be awesome. Fear only uses past negative experiences against us but we can also turn that around to our advantage. Great thoughts to meditate on, Erika.

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I am totally with you, Irene. That is part of what seems to be my big challenge lately. But obstacles are there to be overcome… otherwise they were no obstacles!
Thank you and much love to you too πŸ’–

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That is what I meant last week in my post. Although I already took action and changed some parts of my life. There is something left which is still a bit haunting me. As if I “the trauma” had opened a door which opens up easily when a particular wind blows.

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