Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Legacy, Life | 2 Comments

Eleanor Roosevelt, US diplomat and reformer (1884 – 1962), once said:

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Until today, this made no sense to me whatsoever. “Why would I want to be scared?” I asked myself, always getting the clear answer of: “I have no idea!

But this morning I wondered if this is more about our deep, invisible fears than it is about my outspoken, and irrational, fear of spiders or wet socks. (Although I suppose the socks issue is more about my neuroses than fear.) Instead of being about the “loud” things that scare us, I think Eleanor might mean the silent subconscious fears many of us have — things like stepping outside of our comfort zone or trying unfamiliar foods or meeting new people.

Awhile back I made a resolution to open myself up to more new things. Interestingly, what spurred me to do this was the Jim Carrey movie, “Yes Man”:

Saying “yes” to things outside my normal routine isn’t my default setting. But I have changed my mind and behavior and have to admit, I do feel like I’m living a bit more.

Even if, at first, it usually kinda scares me.


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  1. Ellen M. Ingraham
    February 26, 2010

    Also like: “What would you do right now if you weren’t afraid?”

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