Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.”
—- Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)
Fear gets a bad rap. As little children we’re told, “Don’t be afraid.” The worst possible insult for a young boy is being called, “scaredy cat.” And yet, if it weren’t for a bit of fear, how many men would voluntarily go to the doctor for a prostate exam? Fear of being fired from a job pushes us out of a warm bed on a cold, dark morning. It’s that little bit of fear that says, “If I don’t do what I fear, maybe something worse will happen.” Very often, it’s fear that
prods us into taking helpful and positive action.
When you read the headlines, and there have been some doozies lately, you’ve probably felt fear. The future of America, and our families, has never been less secure, and the world seems to be coming apart, from Europe to the Middle East. But if you’re reading this blog, no doubt you faced that fear, looked it in the eye, and said, “I’m going to do everything in my power to provide for, protect, and nurture my family.”
What you’re full of is courage, not fear.
I’m not saying that I never feel fear. I do, and on a regular basis. But it’s not the feeling of fear that’s harmful. It’s wallowing in it. Refusing to get out of bed in the morning; neglecting home, family, and responsibilities because you’re frozen in a cowering position.
Survival Moms do not cower! We feel the fear, let it settle in, knowing it’s just a temporary visitor, and then brush it off. Once we’re past the fear, we can dangle it in front of us, look it over, analyze it, and then take action. Our kids, husbands, and other loved ones deserve a strong Survival Mom, and just in case you’ve been feeling that maybe you’re not quite measuring up, trust me. You’re doing just fine.
You know what to do. Even the smallest baby steps add up over time to significant measures, each step bringing your family closer to being prepared for whatever comes.
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