“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself!”
Franklin D Roosevelt
I’d like to ask you a simple question, right now:
“If I lost everything, would you help me?”
If you’re keen to respond, you can go straight to the comments section at the bottom of the page, or I can explain a little.
This is a live experiment – not just a blog post.
There is absolutely no reason why you should already know, but this is about as tough as it gets for me.
Setting myself up for possible public failure is what I fear most in the world!
I am a product of the British education system. We are taught, in the main, to conform and not take risks and where failure is considered to be a bad thing.
I am feeling fear big time now as I’m writing this – because I don’t know what the outcome will be.
If you have made an assumption as to my character based on my previous posts, it would be easy to believe that I am fearless and embrace failure, and it’s true that my fears are generally well managed. But the truth is – I feel fear just like everyone else. No-one is entirely immune to vulnerability.
My fight or flight response is kicking in now. My head is telling me not to do this, in case nobody responds, but my heart – and knowledge of humanity – trusts, and tells me it will all be fine.
The fear I am experiencing right now is probably groundless but only you can prove this to me. My hands are actually shaking whilst I am typing this and I can feel my heart racing at the thought of putting this out into the world!
So, be very assured that I am not writing this post for my own self-gratification, but as an experiment to encourage you to go out and live your true potential – and make a bigger difference in this world. Fearlessly!
I want you to ignore any voices in your head and listen to what is in your heart.
There is so much risk-aversion and fear these days, because most of us spend our lives planning for safety, and buying things to make us feel secure: saving, paying mortgages, taking out pensions and insurances – all to provide a safety net for a worst case scenario that never happens.
We are part of something much bigger than ourselves. Even if you don’t believe in anything spiritual, there’s a community – and a wider society beyond you, and surrounding you. It’s not all about you!
The reason that the human race won the Darwinian race is because we learned to work together. Even from our earliest days of civilisation as tribal hunter-gatherers and farmers, humans have recognised the value of working together.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Modern society and business has been driving us down a road of increasing isolation, competition and independence. We only have to think of the common phrases used to describe the world – ‘dog-eat-dog’, ‘every man/woman for him/herself’.
We are encouraged into – dare I say it (yes, I do!) – ego-led self-centredness. But the opposite is actually true – it’s our human nature to be fundamentally interdependent, social and sociable creatures.
The only safety net we actually need is the people and community already around us. My biggest desire is that this post will demonstrate that to you.
So, please take a few seconds to answer these simple questions in the comments section below:
1 If I lost everything, would you help me?
2 Why would you help me?
3 How would you help me?
I am hoping you will respond, and I hope that readers of these comments below are encouraged by seeing that there are supportive people out there. Whatever is written should be all the evidence you need that the safety net we spend our life working for is actually already all around us.
The real significance of this post is contained in the words everyone records below. Otherwise, this is all meaningless. If other people’s comments below inspire you to live your true path and give up what’s holding you back, then this risk is worth it.
When you have read the comments (and made the comments!), reflect on the implications of what has been written. Can you learn something from this?
Why don’t you ask people around you the same questions? Would they help you? You may learn, just as I have done, that you have nothing to lose, no matter where you start from.
Trust that there are enough good people in the world who will help you and work with you, to get you not only on your feet, but free-falling with a parachute, no matter what. Feel the wind in your hair! Feel the excitement and exhilaration! See your best possible future ahead, bright and clear and there for the taking.
Let nothing stop you. Be encouraged, and have courage. Go out there, and do whatever it is that you are supposed to do in this world!
I promise you, that in reality, there is nothing to fear, but fear itself!
If you want a deeper understanding about how Marc thinks and works or like to get in touch with him, feel free to do so here: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website – http://www.theviewinside.me