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Things That Go Bump in the Light

Updated on January 14, 2015

We can get overwhelmed thinking about the tasks at hand.

The excitement of the climb can be shadowed by the fear of what is to come.
The excitement of the climb can be shadowed by the fear of what is to come. | Source

What scares you the most?

We tend to think of things that are hidden by darkness as those things that are the scariest. In fact we should look to ourselves to find that which is scariest.

It should be understood that man is fearful and that that fact is natural. Fight or flight syndrome off of that which scares us is as normal as breathing. And it can be clear that that which we do not understand scares us the most. So what about ourselves. “I just do not understand why I cannot…”. That statement tells us much about ourselves and what scares us. Let us look into it deeper.

“I just do not know why I cannot stop eating so much”. This statement shows the root of so many fears. Fears that stem from the inside of us to the outside of us. If we cannot fathom why we do something how can we fathom how to stop doing that something? This might just be the scariest thing of all. What monumental despair is caused by the total lack of control over one’s own actions.

Think of the depressed person. They know all the tools to use to lift the depression yet they just cannot bring themselves to do them. Exercise, eating right, sun, activity, proper sleep and even taking the medications can be just too overwhelming for the depressed person. Imagine the fear that comes from an inability to do that which can make you happy and productive and normal.

No help from my friends, shoot they have their own problems.

We can grow so fearful of injury to our child that we become overprotective and we become the injury to our child.

Fear of the future is dynamic and omnipresent.
Fear of the future is dynamic and omnipresent. | Source

More fear than we will readily acknowledge.

Let us look at the side of this problem that holds us back from doing good works. We all know the excuses we use, and most of us know that those excuses come from a fear. Fear of what will come of our actions. We are so attuned to these fears that our excuses roll off our tongues like so much dribble from a toddler’s cup. Procrastination is one such method. Lack of funds is another. Lack of time yet another. And other responsibilities is a mainstay. But we all know these are just different masks to cover the same problem and that is fear. This fear prohibits us from growing in our lives. It prevents us from trying new things or reaching out to help others or reaching higher to accomplish more. Let us call this insecurity and it is perhaps the most dangerous of all fears.

One of the favorite fears that we do not acknowledge because it is so petty that we are embarrassed by it is things. Yes we fall victim to be afraid to lose our stuff. This can even be a paralyzing fear. I like to make light of this fear as it is so common and yet not addressed. Here is a fun song by Janis Joplin that takes a funny twist at how we few things in our lives that we want to have. And woe be to us if we get them and are afraid of losing them:

"Mercedes Benz"

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV ?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV ?

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town ?
I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town ?

Everybody!
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

That's it!

Some folks are afraid of snakes. They do not realize that the snake is more afraid of them.

What crazy fears do we all have? Perhaps it is that we do not look good enough when we leave the house.
What crazy fears do we all have? Perhaps it is that we do not look good enough when we leave the house. | Source

How about you?

Are you afraid of anything?

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So how do you overcome these fears?

There is a very simple answer to this question that is probably as old as mankind. And the answer is that you do not overcome them. It just does not work that way and never will work that way. We just are not equipped to overcome the intuitional and instinctual reality of fear. Think about it and our survival. If we did not have the concept of fear ingrained in us how could we ever know when to run of engage in combat, whether figuratively or for real. If we could simply override it we would be left near defenseless to danger. If you are thinking about "bravery" think again. Bravery is about overcoming fear, not doing away with it.

No we cannot rid ourselves of fear. But getting outside of ourselves can rid us of fear. There simply must be a power outside of ourselves that is greater than our own powers. There is no limit as to what that might be. There is no dogma here and there is no boundary or preconceived script predetermining what we believe in this regard. Many find a God. Indeed this is probably the most common method or power used. If there is faith then fear can dissipate. Not a resignation that things will work out but a belief and faith that they will work out without damage to ourselves. This is easier said than done.

Do not look around and count "successful" people. Do not say to yourself that "she overcame her fear and so, so can I". That thinking is foolhardy and bound for failure. There could be a million reasons why another is not driven by fear, but chances are very good that they really are driven by fear and just do not know it. Workaholics are a prime example. They appear successful in the "Mercedes-Benz" aspect but fall far short in the human happiness scale of success.

So for most of us the answer is simple; turn your fears over to the care of God and be free.

You too can be free

Hopefully this will scare you just enough.

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      Doris H. Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Eric ~ I'll admit that I try not to think too much about my fears, but I certainly have them. You are totally right about our petty fears. Actually, I think we give more thought to them…fears like losing our things. I find that reading my favorite scriptures helps me a lot when the fear is very important, like fear of losing life of family, friends or ourselves. You have given us some very useful information in this hub that makes one think and more aware of what our fears are. Voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I think my greatest fear is that something may happen to one of my children or grands. I know I can't shield them, but I do pray for their safety every day.

      Very interesting and thought provoking Hub. Voted UP, etc.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for your comment Doris. I am much like you. I think your comment adds much to this hub. It is a very personal deal for each of us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such a clever title...and then the body of work was right on! I keep remembering an old adage...let go and let God. It's worked so far for me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mary I am right there with you on those greatest fears. But with a four year old I really have to keep it in check so that he grows and grows well.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I add because I have to remember "just breathe" and so far so good.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Snakes are my fear and I keep cats so I never see any! Sometimes cats will bring them to you to show off their catch...I fear that too! lol

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie you have it made, you do not like snakes but you love cats. I think recognizing the obvious fears and dealing with it is the best way to keep the subtle ones a bay. Thank you for the read and comment.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      what a fun to read hub.. I fear deep darkness... no moon in the sky type darkness.. I don't know why

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Good Hub and I especially like the title. And some days, I'm just too tired to be afraid of anything. lol

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am not afraid just startled by certain stuff. Interesting insight here.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for coming by and commenting Frank, your support means a great deal. I think there is something spooky about folks who are not at least somewhat afraid of the dark -- but maybe that is me ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patty I just love that comment. I can just see a cartoon of it with "whatever" in the caption.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika that is a good distinction to make. I hope we are all awake enough in the day to day to get startled.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Amen to your last words..."turn your fears over to the care of God and be free." ~

      Love the Janis Joplin's song and it's surely going to my Jukebox Page. https://www.facebook.com/JukeBoxSounds

      Love from the sky~

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love that song too. If I could not turn my fears over - All I would be is afraid.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Very Informative eye opening

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Clive for coming by and leaving a note, I appreciate it. I find the subject fascinating.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I have a fear of "lack" Of never having enough, and losing what little I have. I didn't grow up lacking but as an adult I have lost many things. So I approach everything; jobs, relationships even material things as if they won't last. And as you stated in your hub, I have acquired tools and wisdom, to help me over-come this fear, even the most important one; To put our hope in God. Still this is a fear that continues to plague me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana this is very honest of you. I would just imagine that the more you write and talk about it, the more it will lose it's grip on you. I think prayers help, so I am praying for you.

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I do drown my fears in work for sure. It keeps my mind off of the things I don't want to think about. As each day goes by though, I do count on Him above to help me overcome. It's amazing how age can help us grow. Thank you for a beautiful hub, Eric. :-)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A very interesting article. Acknowledging our fears is the best way towards overcoming them.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Abby, I must say that you do not show any fear outwardly. But I suppose many of us have them and just overcome them and it looks all the same. Thank you for the read and great comment.

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Oh, Eric! I'm as human as the next person. But, thank you of thinking of me as superhuman! LOL. I have many fears. I take after my grandmother and my dad who are worry-warts. But, I'm 47 now, and I think I've become more mellow with age. I try to look at things in perspective now. Now when I start to get antsy about something, I'll say to myself, "Will that matter in a month... 6 months... a year... 10 years... 100 years?" God has always taken care of my needs, and sometimes my desires. I can look back and see that when I was depressed the most... worried the most... angry the most - I was actually not counting on HIM to help me. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Abby, believe it or not -- my biggest fear is not doing His will. When I do things go great and when I don't wrong things seem to happen. My biggest worries happen when I take back my own will and forget to let God handle life for me.

      Thank you for sharing that with us, as it helps us to know we are not alone in our fears.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bronwen, thank you. It is always good to hear from you. I think that recognizing them may be the hardest task of all.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      I am a firm believer that fear comes from Satan and not God but I also believe in cultivating healthy fears which keep us from putting ourselves or others at risk. It's sometimes a fine line. Enjoyed the hub.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sandra that is a fine line but I get it. Mature people seem to be able to do as you say. But as you know it takes constant vigilance. Thank you for adding such a great comment.

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Well thought out, Eric, but I have to take exception to the idea that we can do nothing about our irrational fears, with #1 being to face them head on and understand that, deep down, there is nothing there to be afraid OF. Cautious sometimes, yes, (such as snakes), but not the paralyzing fear that often plagues us.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      wilderness (by the way I just love that handle) I like your "disagreement". It certainly is another way to look at and phrase the issue. Your position is one that I grapple with a lot. It does seem that when I recognize them in the light of day I can overcome the fear on most occasions. Instead of dealing with it, making it just go away. Thank you for your addition to this hub.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This was most interesting. We all have a fear of something and no one more than those who proclaim they do not. It's just the nature of the human condition. While Christ told us not to have a spirit of fear, I often have to remind myself of this fact. Over the years though I've learned that the longer fear is avoided, the more powerful it becomes. A great man once said there is nothing to fear but fear itself. I think there is much wisdom in that statement. We fear losing what we have, but we can't take it with us, so what's the point? We fear death but everyone dies, so again, what's the point. I have to think the point is not how we die or what we loose but what we live and die for and what our lives to do increase for others. God bless you for sharing this.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rhonda, I had a fear the other day. When I looked at it it was totally irrational. And poof, it just went away. I would declare that my greatest fear is meeting Jesus and having to explain a wasted life. And helping others is my best defense.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric...

      Fear can be two things, either friend of foe. As a friend it can be a built in warning system in the event of pending danger, saving us from the unknown.

      As an enemy it can be all consuming, once it has taken hold it can eat you alive from the inside out.

      With Christ there is no fear...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is just a wonderful comment and I thank you Rolly.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Oh yes, turn yourself to God and be free of fear, well said. Great wisdom in your words. Positively inspiring.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vellur, a much belated hello and thank you for reading and commenting. I can report that as of right now I am without fear. Who knows in an hour or two ;-)

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