This morning I saw a quote, “Fear is the enemy of creativity.”
Well, maybe. Other popular quotes tell us that fear is also the enemy of progress, love, and logic. Seriously. Just type it into Google and see for yourself.
Somewhere in our culture, Fear became a force we have to face. Instead of an impulse or a thought that arises from circumstances (“Gee, this ledge is high,” or “She would never talk to me“), we made this into a big, bad demon we must continually confront before it ruins our lives.
But I have a different perspective:
Fear isn’t your enemy.
A new year. A new slate. A fresh page in a new journal. A chance to build on what came before and be more than you once were.
I love New Year’s, and I love New Year’s resolutions.
In December I filled pages with reflections on my acting and filmmaking, my involvement with my community, my spiritual center, my health. I took quizzes and pored over the Artist’s Way for additional insight. What did I want to do that was impossible? I added it to my list. What did I want to do that scared me? That went on the list too.