Our world is changing, not so very fast that it is too hard to understand. But it is changing and it is scaring the hell out of a number of people. They fear it because they do not understand that change can be a good thing, or is needed in some cases. Those in the United States who fear change the most, seem to have no ideas on making sure the changes are for the better, but instead are resorting to creating more fear, and violence in our country. There are more people joining hate groups, committing violent hate crimes and disrupting meetings to discuss health care reform. The garden of fear was plowed and watered by the mindset coming out of the previous administration, the labors of the past 8 years are now coming into full bloom. Once upon a time, when we faced a crisis in this country we didn't resort to the criminal antics we are witnessing now, we stood up, came together and found real solutions to the problems. What we need now are idea people, and we need them now. Not these weak minded fearful cowards whose voices are screaming the loudest.
It is the lack of real ideas on how to fix health care by those disrupting the meetings, the lack of wanting to seek out the truth and find out what would really work that disturbs me no end. The ignorance that they are already paying for the uninsured in higher medical costs and perscriptions. They don't understand that should they lose their job due to an accident, employer cut backs, or total disability they will become one of the millions of uninsured themselves. This happened to my ex husband 10 years ago, and the waiting period after becoming disabled is 2 years. In that two year waiting period, we incurred over 600,000 dollars in medical bills.
Before he was disabled, he worked 12 hours a day, six days a week, so that I could be a stay at home mom. We had always paid our taxes and took care of our own. He developed artery and heart problems at the age of 42 because of hereditary issues. Once he lost his job because of his disability, we could not afford the 600.00 a month COBRA payment, and my employer did not offer health insurance to him because they considered it pre-existing.
Oh, the 600,000 dollars we owed? You paid it, we couldn't, so the hospital wrote them off, I have recently filed bankruptcy for the rest of them. It has been added to your next hospital stay. It has been added to your next dr.'s appointment.
Quotes about the nature of fear and the importance of overcoming it.
You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. ~Mary Manin Morrissey
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~Marie Curie
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. ~Usman B. Asif
Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear. ~George S. Patton
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. ~Brendan Francis
There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. ~Frederick W. Cropp
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. ~Andre Gide
Fear is faith that it won't work out. ~Sister Mary Tricky
Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance. ~Arnold Glasow
Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~Henry H. Tweedy
Fear is the highest fence. ~Dudley Nichols
Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. ~Orison Swett Marden
Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven. ~James Hastings
To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small. ~Ruth Gendler
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. ~Shirley Maclaine
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~Bertrand Russell
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~Bertrand Russell
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. ~Samuel Butler
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. ~German Proverb
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost. ~Lloyd Douglas
A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. ~Arab Proverb
Fear prejudices courage. ~Abigail Charleson
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill
Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. ~Author Unknown
Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind. ~Sophie Tunnell
I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. ~Katharine Butler Hathaway
He who fears something gives it power over him. ~Moorish Proverb
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown
He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear. ~French Proverb
There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. ~Mark Twain
Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it. ~Donald Dowes
Fear dances with courage. ~Ever Garrison
The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1833
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death. ~Betty Bender
To lead is difficult when you're a follower of fear. ~T.A. Sachs
I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change.... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. ~Erica Jong
The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~Lady Bird Johnson
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
~ Arthur Christopher Benson~
The reality is that changes are coming... They must come. You must share in bringing them.
We must learn to view change as a natural phenomenon - to anticipate it and to plan for it. The future is ours to channel in the direction we want to go... we must continually ask ourselves, "What will happen if...?" or better still, "How can we make it happen?"
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Things do not change; we change.
~Henry David Thoreau~
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
Life is always at some turning point.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
~John F. Kennedy~
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~George Bernard Shaw~
Change is the watchword of progression. When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox~
I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.
Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.
~Arthur Christopher Benson~
We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of inertia and the irksomeness of action.
Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.
The most significant change in a person's life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions.
~Willam J. Johnston~
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.
~Charles Caleb Colton~
The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it's something you allow.
~Will Garcia, person with AIDS~
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back...