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February 01, 2016 - No Comments!

The “danger” of hope

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Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. ~Jonas Salk

Why does hope feel so dangerous?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot in the last week or so.

Two or three years ago I had planned to do an interstate day trip – about an hour’s flight – not only for the challenge it would pose to my crippling agoraphobia and generalized anxiety, but with the added purpose of renewing one of my passports. Unfortunately (perhaps in some ways predictably) the morning of the trip I chickened out, self-doubt and a thoroughly undermanaged anxiety disorder leading me to believe that the goal was impossible. This of course led to a period of frustration and hopelessness - there’s nothing like the hit your self-esteem gets when you choose to back out of something you’ve been planning for a while.

Last week however, years and a lot of personal development later, I actually did go on that same trip I’d planned to do back then. Read more