Every moment that you spend facing down fear and trouble makes a difference in the world.
DB - The Vagabond
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Fear is bondage. Trouble is slavery. When we are beset with frightening difficulties the things we are forced to do about it deprive us of the real life we could be living. It is very tempting to just give up and let trouble have it's way with us. That's why it's important to stand up to the complicated details and unpleasant activities that must be done to bring the trouble to it's knees.
The thing to remember is that it's alright to be afraid in the face of danger. depressed by the magnitude of problems and frustrated by delay. Those negative feelings are part of the attack, but they are not the problem.
During the recent trouble I went through I got a lot of reassuring comments from people telling me that all things would work out fine in the end, I knew that. What I didn't know was how much agony I was going to be put through before they did, Not having the information I needed and having to wait for weeks to get it made my burden very heavy. I also received some sympathetic comments from people who knew the type of trauma I was going through. I am grateful for both.
One never knows what effect one's actions can have on others. Standing up to frightening things and not caving in to them, maintaining as positive an attitude as possible and vigorously opposing anything that tries to make one feel unworthy are essential forces not only for the individual but for society as well.
Back in the early Naughties, when I first got my computer, I called to get online. It took my ISP 45 days to do it. They kept screwing up, canceling, reordering and canceling. Every time they put in a new order they sent me a modem. I had a stack of modems on the floor but no Internet. All during the 45 days I was patient. Finally they promised to have it done by the 12th. The day before I got a message saying it would be done by the 15th. That's when I hit the roof.
I had kept a log of all my phone calls with them, as I usually do. I told the last person I talked with that if I wasn't on line by the 12th I was going to make copies of it and send it out to all the Chambers, Associations, Bureaus, and Commissions I could think of, simply so the next poor sucker who came along wouldn't have to go through what they had put me through. I was on line the next day.
Let there be kites in the wind for you.
RJST. HUKS QJNQSKUEQA
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