There is a shadow under this red rock
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock)
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at the morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
-T.S. Eliot (The Waste Land)
I read this poem last night and thought it was so simply and beautifully said. Thank you T.S. Eliot for such insight.
Fear is powerful, it can destroy a person, a relationship, a family, a nation. Moving down here to South America has really shown me what we can do in the face of fear. If I listened to fear, we wouldn’t be here at all, and we wouldn’t have experienced this life changing event as a family. I wouldn’t have seen my children grow to be more self confident and strong. We’ve shown them in certain senses, that we are all capable of so much.
If we live in fear, we react, we are reactionary. There are some very real fears out there, people that are in the state of survival have real fear, their lives, their family’s lives.
There are always dangers, and we can never avoid that. Car accidents, cancer, etc. If we lived in fear of these very real possibilities…how could we truly live? They will happen, and we can’t change that. What we can change is how we ourselves think and exist.
There are many different forms and reasons for fear. Some we have to listen to for our safety, but most are inconsequential, most keep us from growing as individuals.
The solution to it of course, is love.
When I meet someone new, I honestly want to know them, to love them. If I was threatened by them (fear) I would not be able to love more, to accept more love and to grow from it.
Love is powerful, it strengthens us, it molds us, it changes people.
Love and Fear are both very powerful. I would encourage us all to be known for love rather than fear.