Sunday Inspiration: Fear limits you

fear limits you“I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?” -Soledad O’Brien

Happy Halloween!

I really like Halloween. I don’t go crazy. I don’t decorate my house with spider webs, ghouls and goblins like some of my friends. I don’t even like horror films. And the thought of going to a haunted house where a guy with ketchup oozing down his chest and a rubber knife in his skull jumps out at me from behind a bush? Well, that would give me nightmares.

But I do appreciate a holiday that opens the creaky door of my psyche to the boogeyman. There’s so much to be afraid of in our lives and in our world, both rational and irrational. The big bogeyman for me is the Grim Reaper, and I’m taking good care of myself to try to keep him at arm’s length as long as possible. But right behind him is a long line of ghouls. Think of your personal demons and fiends. Mine include terrorists, heartless politicians, and major tragedies. Hurricanes and fires that turn people’s lives upside down? Those will terrify me.

We definitely need a day in the year when we can all scream at top volume, “I’M SCARED TO DEATH!”

One day. Then the next? Since fear limits you, it’s time to continue the journey of transforming fear into freedom.

For now? Ready . . . set. . .BOO!


  1. Martha O'Quinn on October 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Truer words were never spoken. Thank you Emilie. I have the experience of being petrified before facing/ going through an ordeal, just the thought of which could send me into panic mode. Then, coming out the other side confessing “that was not so bad.” And, I think that each episode like that makes you stronger and more able to cope with whatever the next issue may be. I love Fall but have never participated in “Halloween Horrors.”

    • Emilie Richards on October 29, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I agree, and all bad things are better when we’ve come out the other side. Of course sometimes I just wish we could start there, don’t you?

      • Martha O'Quinn on October 29, 2017 at 10:33 am


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