Fear on My Path — Walk Right Into it or Run Away?

You choose if fear controls you or you control it.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
6 min readOct 27, 2021

I am about to do something slightly terrifying.

What is it? I’m going to take a step into the unknown. I’m doing something that is financially risky — but has the potential to be incredible.

This is really scary. It’s bringing up a lot of my deep-seated fears, which can be dangerous when I allow them to control me.

Like every other thought and feeling — fear is under my control. It’s my decision if I allow it to rule me or not.

Fear is not just a feeling — it’s much broader than that. It’s an inexplicable sensation that — despite being intangible — feels tangible. I think that’s because it isn’t just in heart, head, or spirit — it’s in all three at the same time.

What that means is that your mind, body, and spirit all encounter and cope with fear — or not. That’s how it goes beyond just a thought and feeling — and into a deeper attitude and approach to life, the Universe, and everything.

Tangible fear is easy to understand and work with. A direct threat to your life — an oncoming car, rushing wild animal, active shooter — is an obvious threat. I don’t know about you, but just reading those three different threats is disconcerting.

Intangible fear is hard to understand and work with. Its origin is frequently mysterious, its impact variable, and unlike direct threats to your health and wellbeing, the result of an intangible fear realized is uncertain and unknown.

As we walk our paths in life — we will encounter fear. The question is — walk into it or run away?

Do you know what you’re afraid of?

I am loath to share why the thing I am about to do is terrifying me. Why? Because it’s one of those things I recently wrote about maintaining my mindset for. Talking about it, writing about it, and putting it out there empowers this fear. I would rather not give it that power.

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com