When I heard this yesterday it spoke to me, much in the way Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional does. This simple truth is so hard to hear, and even harder to believe.
We don't want to believe that our fear is within our control. That we can do something about it and change our responses to situations that we perceive as dangerous. If our fear is outside of our control than we are fully within our rights to behave as badly as we like when we are afraid... after all, we were scared out of our minds.
But just imagine for a moment the strength... the power that comes from being able to choose when or if you feel the emotion of fear. What could you do in your life if you didn't feel terror when getting on a plane, or freeze in panic just looking at blood. What about the more insidious things like losing your fear of your partner leaving you, or your fear of other peoples expectations on you.
What could you do if you just weren't afraid?