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Active Fear, Passive Fear

When you're actively afraid, you know it. You can feel the fear pressing against you. Maybe you work through it and conquer it this time, or maybe you don't. But if you succeed, you know you worked through the fear. And you know if you fail, the fear beat you.

This is the type of fear you feel when you're about to do public speaking, make a cold call, ask for a raise at work, or do a difficult ski run.

And maybe sometimes you back down from whatever it is you were afraid of. It happens, and it's not the end of the world when it does. Fear winds up beating most people at least sometimes, in some domain.

Passive fear, on the other hand, is far more insidious. It's what Pressfield called "The Resistance" in The War of Art. It's a form of fear, but not one that shows itself. It's sneaky. You find the need to do some lower importance activity instead of doing your work.

Excuses abound, the important things don't get done.

Toothpick.

On The Universe

It's sad that I compare myself to a toothpick whenever I think of you. Whenever I see you or even hear or read your name, my heart drops and I get weak in the knees. You could break so easily, and it's sick because I know how happy I'd be just to be in your finger tips; And some parts of me would become splinters caving into your skin.

It's sad that I often wish to be the toothpick in between your lips, making circles from the roof of your mouth, to the tip of your tongue. And how easily it would be for your teeth to snap me in half.

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