Derive Strength And Courage From The Values You Protect

From Mayo Clinic News Network
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WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Complete lack of fear isn’t desirable, as any parent of a 2-year-old can tell you. Total fearlessness is actually pathological; it risks putting you in harm’s way. Further, we find the greatest joy and growth in overcoming fears, not in not having fears.”

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Dr. Amit Sood says, “May you feel strong and brave because of the values you protect.”

The subtle is stronger than the gross. The visible forces of nature (tides, hurricanes and volcanoes) are dwarfed by the subtle, invisible powers of nature (gravity, nuclear forces and magnetism).

The visible forces of the mind (hatred, envy, revenge and anger) are extremely weak in front of the quiet but infinitely stronger powers (gratitude, compassion, acceptance and forgiveness).

Your greatest strength lies in harnessing and aligning with the stronger forces.

While in the very short term, revenge may seem stronger, in the long term, it is forgiveness that will give you greater strength.

Uncontrolled anger may look like pure adrenaline, but it is compassion that unlocks the greatest energy.

Often, I can’t see this because my vision is foggy, my longevity short and my wisdom limited.

You will face setbacks on the righteous path and will need constancy of effort powered by courage.

Courage doesn’t decimate fear; courage acts despite the fear. The courage that David showed against Goliath and the Cowardly Lion against the Wicked Witch of the West (in “The Wizard of Oz”) has sound scientific underpinning.

Research shows fear is hosted by almond-shaped nuclei in the brain called the amygdala.

Courage activates the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex, which mentors and quiets the amygdala activity.

Complete lack of fear isn’t desirable, as any parent of a 2-year-old can tell you. Total fearlessness is actually pathological; it risks putting you in harm’s way. Further, we find the greatest joy and growth in overcoming fears, not in not having fears.

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