What makes you anxious nervous inside?
Feeling helpless wanting to run and hide
A sense “this is dangerous” “I’ve been here before”
Primal fear in your footsteps “don’t go through that door”

An important discernment helpful to make
Is the fear about now or an earlier take
What is a perspective you might choose
So your fear won’t turn into the blues?

Three words I say when fear wells up inside
“Do it anyway” let the fear be your guide
Think of the fear as caution danger sign
It’s saying “Wake up pay attention and mind”

The warning comes from your historic past
When primitive “on guard” helped you to last
This emotion you’re feeling is not all about now
It lives in your body warning you to slow down

Fear is an ally an old welcome friend
Demanding attention so you make the next bend
Learn to trust have it serve as your tool
If honored and managed you’ll suffer no fool

How have you used fear in your life? Motivator? Excuse?
Is there something you are fearing now? What’s the fear
about? Can you transmute it and use it to help you achieve
what you want to? Can you begin treating fear as an old ally,
friend? Why not?

– Stewart Levine ©

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