Fear is an emotion that exists in people as an instinctual response to potential danger. Fear activates a chemical response in the body that increases blood pressure, tightens muscles, redirects or sharpens the senses and accelerates the heart rate. Fear can cause the body to react without feeling pain or become stronger than normal, which are protective mechanisms in extreme situations.
Seldom are fears one of survival but rather fears that have remained with us since childhood. Some fears such as the fear of the dark can be overcome as we grow up. Other fears such as the fear of heights might be controlled by avoidance rather than overcoming the fear. But a fear is a veil that clouds our vision, inhibiting our personal growth and should be addressed or else we are forced to live life within the confines of our fictitious comfort level, guaranteeing we never reach our true potential.
Fear gripes us all at different stages in our lives. Sometimes our fears are real and other times they are imaginary. We can have a real fear after receiving a medical diagnosis or we can have an exaggerated fear, such as the doctor is hiding something. With all fear we can choose to look at it in one of two ways; “Forget Everything And Run” or “Face Everything And Rise.”
We must either face our fears or they will control us. Avoiding fears only makes them scarier. Direct confrontation is an excellent way of dealing with fear as long as it’s not life threatening. As they say, “That which does not kill you makes you stronger.” Since fear can virtually paralyze us we may need to create a plan of attack. And since thinking will not overcome fear we need to take action and surround ourselves with people who want to help us reach our potential. For example if we are afraid of water, we might need to take swimming lessons and/or boating lessons to acclimate us to the water with the intent of lessening the magnitude of our fear. Therefore we should not want to be foolishly fearless because it is necessary to maintain a healthy respect for water, but to avoid the water would cause us to miss out on a rather large part of life.
It’s probably fair to say we will never eliminate all fear from our lives, and that is a shame because fear holds us back in so many areas. As John Keats wrote, “I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”
Versailles Garage Sales are this weekend and the Alumni Softball tournament starts tonight at 6 on the K of C ball diamonds. The tournament will end Sunday with the championship game at 6:50 p.m.
This Friday and every Friday the Stillwater Valley Golf Club has open play with $2 hot dogs, $3 hamburgers, and $1 domestic beers.
Saturday evening is karaoke with Orville at the Vet’s Club bunker beginning around 8:30 p.m. (after his softball games in the alumni tournament).
Next week: Aug. 6-8 (Wednesday-Friday) is the Annual Darke County Right to Life Community Sale which will be held at the Versailles K of C Hall, on State Route 47, West. Questions can be forwarded to 419/528-2007.
Mark your calendar and purchase your ticket for the 2014 Versailles Farefest to be held Aug. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. The Versailles Rotary Club members are pre-selling tickets for a BBQ Chicken or BBQ Pork Chop dinner to be held Aug. 29. Tickets can be purchased from Phelan Insurance or US Bank.
Happy birthday wishes to Katie Eilerman, Randy Cohee, Mary Grogean, Lori Yagel, Tony Gehret, Kyle Niekamp, Mitch Eiting, Jason Rhoads, Jeffie Voisard, Joni Robinson, Karen Luthman, Greg Luthman, Jo Langenkamp, Christina Brockschmit, Sherry Dabe, Ronda Stammen, Sharon Barga, and Barb Cordonnier. Happy anniversary wishes to Donna and Tony Kueterman (27), Gloria and Tim McGlothin (32), and Jane and Bruce Stall (44).
Hello to Angie Carine, Courtney and Cayla Batten, Cy Gehret, Debbie Grillot, Diane Martino, Marcia Davidson, Karen and Ron Mescher, Jeanne Marchal, Melissa Bowman, Bud Sutter, and Shelly Swabb.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Tim Magoto, Annabelle and Basil Subler, Paul Nieport, Fred Bruns, Marilyn Barge, Doris Knoop, John Griesdorn, Glenn Morris, Payton Platfoot, Bruce Magoto, Al Bliss, Kelli Berger, Ed Grilliot, Virginia Pittsenbarger, Cindy Brumbaugh, Chris Kemper, Joni Robinson, Robert Hartzell, Joyce Lease, Marlene Zumberger, Dori and Dale Armstrong, Irene Broering, Joe Slonkosky, Jack Borgerding, Terry Black, Shirley Strunks, Peaches Boyer, Jean Hartzell, Joyce Marshall, Iris Nickol, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Tammy Drees, Peg Bundy, Brain Voisard, Rusty Whittaker and all those dealing with one of life’s challenges, as well as the hospitalized and homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Donna Varner, Sally Clymer Klipstine, Esther Winner, Jerry Reiman, Grace Carey, John “Hiney” Barhorst, and Jeffrey Supinger, also remembering the lives of John Barga, Bud Spencer, Ann Myers, Sharon Swabb, Mary Simons, Mary Ann Nieberding, David Woodruff, Shawn Ditmer, Walter Schulze, Ralph Brodrick, Landen Phlipot, Jim Bornhorst, Marion Cox, Margaret Pohl, Delbert Barga, and Chester McKinney, as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears
“Fear is a liar” ~Unknown
“Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear” ~ Unknown
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.