The Other Side of Fear and Rain Shadows

From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love

When my son was seven, he was determined to pass level 3 of swimming. But to do that entailed diving off the diving board. That was something he had never done, and he was scared. He tried at every lesson, and chickened out every time. One day on the way to the pool I paraphrased to him a quote I had found on-line. “You know, Bob, courage isn’t not being afraid. Courage is being afraid, and doing it, anyway.”

Everyone’s afraid of something. There are the big universal fears like death and failure. But for most of us, our daily lives are full of small fears. Any time we do something that is outside of our comfort zone, more than likely that discomfort is caused by fear; spending time with people we don’t know well, speaking publicly, doing anything for the first time or even trying a new food. “I’m not…

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