published journal, Fifteen Months in Belgium: A CRB Diary (http://grayresearch.net/page7/page7.html), "The Belgians never tire of telling stories of German stupidity, and as far as I can make out, their fund of stories is endless.... Any discomfort of a German is joy to the Belgian heart."
E.E. Hunt, war correspondent and one of the first CRB delegates, tells the story in his book, War Bread, that a Flemish peasant applied for a pass at the German Pass Bureau in Antwerp. The German asked the man how long he wanted the pass good for. The Belgian answered: “How long are you Germans going to stay in Belgium?”
My post: The concept of fear and how it can turn some people into action heroes while transforming others into immoveable mush is fascinating to me.
That's why I want to share a recent blog post about fear from the wise-as-an-old-owl Seth Godin. Here it is in its entirety.
Title: Fear the fear, feel the fear
Most of the things we avoid are avoided because we're afraid of being afraid.
Sorry, but it's true. The negative outcomes that could actually occur due to speaking up in class, caring about our work product, interacting with the boss--there's not a lot of measurable risk. But the fear... the fear can be debilitating, or at the very least, distasteful. So it's easier to just avoid it altogether.
On the other hand, artists and leaders seek out that feeling. They push themselves to the edge, to the place where the fear lives. By feeling it, by exposing themselves to the resistance, they become more alive and do work that they're most proud of.
The fear doesn't care, either way. The choice is to spend our time avoiding that fear or embracing it.
End of Godin's blog post. For those who want to know more about Seth, his website is at http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
Thanks for taking the time to read this post.