"Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is an illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them."
Sorry I missed posting "Wordplay" yesterday to those of you who stopped by looking for it. Illness prevented me from being prompt. I am feeling much better this afternoon, thank you =). Now on to today and a posting of "Wordplay". I chose to post this quote above because it has something to do with "Wordplay" and because I think it is profound. I have had a problem all my life with fear. That is pretty hard for me to admit. I am not talking about just plain fear - the healthy kind that keeps you safe when there is something harmful around, but the unhealthy kind- phobias. Mr. Webster defines phobias as an exaggerated usually inexplicable and ILLOGICAL fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. I was looking at a website about phobias and I was astounded by how many things one can be phobic about - or atleast how many things have been named that one can be phobic about. I don't know if my problems with fears and phobias throughout my lifetime have been a big symptom of my obsessive-compulsive disorder. I am sure some of it has been. I am just not sure to what extent. I do know they have been illogical, though. VERY illogical. Even though I know they have been illogical, I still have had them. I have been able to, through therapy and plain old reasoning, talk back to these phobias and quiet them down to a great extent. I am no longer a prisoner to my phobias, although I do have a bad day occasionally.
For "Wordplay" I want you to go to this site and discover the names of a phobia or two (or more if you would like) of yours, either current or past ones. Please tell us what they are in the comment section and perhaps tell us a story how you overcame a phobia or maybe even how a phobia started. Tell us a phobia story, too if you have one. If you want to do this as a journal entry please come back and put your entry URL in the comments section so I can go and read it. Thanks for participating!
In searching the list, a few I have found for myself are glossophobia (a fear of public speaking; keraunophobia (a fear of lightning and thunder... just lightning for me... LOL); acrophobia (fear of heights); and at times I have had agoraphobia (fear of being in public places in leaving a safe place... like my home!) and would not leave my apartment for months at a time. That is one that I fight with on and off, but I am proud to say, have been doing well with lately.
What can you share with us?
On a lighter note, and gee, that WAS a heavy subject wasn't it? Anyway, on a lighter note, Chelsea sent me this picture of her at 17 weeks pregnant. I thought I would post it so you could see her smile and her tiny little "belly bump". It doesn't look too big, but she had a tiny waist and a flat stomach just a few weeks ago.
Have a good rest of the week everyone and take care! xox
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."