Free of Fear

Has it ever struck you that those who most fear to die are the ones who most fear to live? Life is flexible and free, and you are rigid and frozen. Life carries all things away, and you crave stability and permanence. You fear life and death because you cling. You cannot bear the thought of losing a relative or friend; you dread losing a pet theory or ideology or belief. When you cling to nothing, when you have no fear of losing anything, then you are free to flow like a mountain stream that is always fresh and sparkling and alive.

Anthony de Mello

Your orthodoxy or theory of life can be like an anchor that provides certainty. You know where you are. You can compare to others and know how to relate. But it, ahem, anchors you to one place.

Or, it can be like your home marina. You know where it is and know you can return, but you are free to sail, experience others, grow, learn.

Some approach God as an anchor to which cling. Sometimes desperately. I have always opened myself to God, to see where the experience may go, to see where I need to learn. But also to allow healing and understanding to infuse. Therefore, I am not afraid of facing the need to change my mind or attitude. I am not afraid to learn and experience other people and cultures. Leave fear behind to replaced by excitement of the stream of life.

One Response to “Free of Fear”

  1. Marc Ferree Says:

    A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what a ship is built for.

    *From:* Faith Venture *Sent:* Friday, August 6, 2021 9:24 AM *To:* mferree@shaffermixers.com *Subject:* [New post] Free of Fear

    Gary Mintchell posted: ” Has it ever struck you that those who most fear to die are the ones who most fear to live? Life is flexible and free, and you are rigid and frozen. Life carries all things away, and you crave stability and permanence. You fear life and death because you “

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