Frey Freyday – Fear

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Fear is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior, such as running away, hiding or freezing from traumatic events.


 Sometimes, understanding their fears helps you to understand their actions and their pain. Plus, understanding their fears sometimes helps you to understand your own. Te amo,  The Universe

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.-Rosa Parks

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.-Arthur Koestler

Everyone gets scared, everyone has fear. It’s what you do next that counts. It’s how you overcome the fear, or use it, that sets you apart. –L. James Frey

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.-Marianne Williamson

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.-Samuel Butler

To him who is in fear everything rustles.-Sophocles

Fear is excitement without breath.-Robert Heller

No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted.-Olive Schreiner

If you can change your state of mind, then the fear will disappear. You need to change from a state of fear or uncertainty, to a state of certainty.-Tony Robbins

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.-Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.-Mark Twain

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.-Nelson Mandela


Fear – a feeling that is natural, even valid emotion. However, we can’t let fear stop us, hold us back, or allow it to affect our decisions. Fear is a perception, not a reality.

How do these interrelate? ….Fear, hunger and passion:

I read somewhere that passion is like getting into first gear; it will get you going. Hunger is the vehicle that will take you there. It’s human nature to get excited about out dreams; it’s easy to spark the fires of passion, especially when you’re young. But sooner or later, when it comes time to get the job done, suddenly, our level of excitement wanes because we’re all afraid of one thing: failure. We fear making mistakes, looking silly, embarrassing ourselves….Here’s what’s great: Hunger will destroy that fear of failure.

Also, many people say that you shouldn’t fear, or that you should ignore your fears. I disagree. Fear means that you’re feeling life and you’re alive. Fear – any emotion – is an alert to you to pay attention, that there is change coming, or that you need to make a change. While I do like to approach life without focusing on fear, sometimes I disagree with the concept of fearlessness. If you have fear, it’s OK….just don’t stop. To say you’re fearless when you’re not may be silly, and it may be a silly battle to say others should be fearless. You don’t necessarily want to get rid of your fear; you need it to keep you alive. We’re all here because we had fear that preserved us. You could even say that there is a little bit of a lack of appreciation for fear when we say that we want to be fearless.

Fear is Boring: In her TED Talk, author Elizabeth Gilbert said; “But then, fear is the oldest, deepest and least subtle part of our emotional life, and so therefore it’s boring. It’s dull. It doesn’t have any nuance. So have a little conversation with your fear when it starts to get riled up when you’re trying to do something creative. Let it know, “I’m just trying to write a poem, no one’s going to die.” But don’t try to go to war against it, that’s such a waste of energy. Just converse with it and then move on…..”

Lastly, remember or consider that everyone is here to learn, and to learn a lesson we need to make mistakes, experience pain, failure, and other things – you can choose not to fear or label these things as good or bad. They’re just a lesson. The good or bad part is just our perception.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….


Tim Ferriss’ fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question — “What’s the worst that could happen?” — is all you need to learn to do anything.

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