Sunday Inspiration: “The danger lies in refusing to face the fear…”

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before.

If you can live through that, you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face… 

The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt led an inspirational life.  She had many obstacles to overcome, and she showed great courage in doing so.

The secret to overcoming her personal challenges was to face her fears and not run from them. That’s not an easy task, but a goal worth pursuing.

How do you face your fears?

Where do you find courage?


  1. Marsha on November 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Eleanor Roosevelt is one of my heroines…such a wise woman.
    I find courage in the good people around me who have challenges but do not feel sorry for themselves. I really find courage by looking at the life of Christ and know that whatever I have to face, I will be fine.
    A large fear I used to have was losing one of our children. Well, that happened a few years ago. It was hard but it’s okay. I know where he is and that I will see him again one day. I can’t say I have a lot of fears because that’s not what I focus on…I just find the good in each day and try to help those around me.

  2. Pam Reed on November 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Emilie – do remember the reason why I originally contacted you and we began our corresponding, whether via email or now, facebook? That is the fear I live with now, that it may happen again. It hasn’t – but “tortures of the damned” rang true to me. As long as I live I will have that fear. I AM gaining strength and I AM gaining confidence as each year passes – but I am still learning to believe in others. I think that is my greatest fear. That I may be let down. In reading these comments, I’m sure people will think I’m talking in riddles, but you know why…

  3. Lynn Ross on November 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    If I can’t avoid what I fear, I just take one step at a time, one day at a time until what needs doing gets done. My courage comes from the Divine. It was a gift. I can’t take credit for it.

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