(From Refuse to be Afraid Tenth Anniversary Edition – ridiculous introductory price through Monday)
He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There was a time when I was a political junkie and a bit of a hard-line party creature. I even ran for the Wisconsin Legislature a couple of decades ago, and in my early career as a newspaper columnist I spent a great deal of space arguing a political line. Liberty, freedom and fiscal conservatism were my favorite themes. For that matter, they still are.
In more recent years my writing has veered from the external trappings of liberty to fighting for freedom in our hearts – confronting the fear in your heart and living in the here and now – understanding “we become what we think about” and “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
So what’s the point? Why am I writing about stuff like this?
The idea is to introduce you to the power you have. Some might say “I’m writing to empower you,” but I can’t give you any more power than you already have. As Glinda the Good Witch says at the end of The Wizard of Oz, “She wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”
I have striven to let you, the reader, see that if you are afraid, often it’s because someone wants you to be afraid and so he can take advantage of your fear – empowering himself to control your life and your thoughts. The answer is to bring your fear under control, refuse to be afraid, and do what you know to be the right thing.
The stresses of everyday life can lull you into a meek sense of unconsciousness and compliance. Your eyes glaze over, literally and figuratively, physically and spiritually. The answer is to wake up, embrace the moment and live in the present tense. Be here now. Be alive. Scream your consciousness to the world.
The point of these writings has always been to let you know that you have the power to conquer fear – you have the power to live your life and on your own terms. The decisions in your life are not up to someone else, and in fact someone else cannot have power over your mind unless you give them permission.
Now, with great power comes great responsibility. You are responsible if your life sucks, and you are responsible for the way you wield the power within you to make your life better. You don’t have to wait for the right mate, the right home, the right boss, the right car, the right governor, the right congress critter or the right president. You can make your life better now. Just refuse to be afraid – and be here now. and now. and now.
(From Refuse to be Afraid – and a reminder, the ebook version introductory price ends after tomorrow)