Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Conversation #12 ~ Can I be fearless? (pp. 150-159)

"What's important is to notice what we do with our fear. ... Fearlessness simply means that we do not give fear the power to silence or stop us."
That's from page 152 of Turning to One Another by Meg Wheatley.  Here are a question to think about:
"What might I need to walk out of?" (p. 154).
And here's a picture of the "Orange Revolution" of 2004, when the Ukrainian people protested a fraudulent election (p. 155).

How would you answer her question?
"Can I be fearless?"


Bonnie Jacobs said...

The 12th (and final) conversation has been posted, everybuddy.

Shirley said...

No, I cannot be nor would I want to be fearless. I like Wheatley's explanation that "be not afraid" does not mean that we should not have fears, but that "we do not need to be our fears".

One can, however, be fearless while exercising wisdom in what we do.

Zorro said...

Can I be fearless?

Yes, I am pretty fearless and always have been. I think I often 'leap before I look' and this helps with being fearless. As a matter of fact, I was just thinking about how one becomes fearless and it seems to me that is pretty much and inborn trait, not a cultivated one. I am fearless in many areas of my life and as a child I was fearless. It just never enters my head to be afraid. My daughter is fearful in most situations! so she didn't get that from me. We were hiking Friday a Bald River Falls and granddaughter, Olivia, wanted to hike down the steep bluff to the water. If I had thought that I would be able to physically climb back out, I would have immediately taken off down the narrow trail. Cori (daughter) on the other hand listed all the reasons that we should not start down!...finally she did go with Olivia to the water and did enjoy it!

I think this attitude carries over to all my actions.

Shirley said...

Zorro, I admire you for your spunk and fearlessness!
Your comment that this is an inborn trait does seem to ring true.