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“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.” Omar N. Bradley

Motivation Mondays: SCARED - Halloween and other Scary Things and Phobias

Motivation Mondays: SCARED – Halloween and other Scary Things and Phobias

Old age has got to start creeping up on me one day soon, and frankly I’m very scared. I don’t want to be old. I’ve always felt so young. And I want to stay that way. David Niven
I don’t shy away from any questions. I’m not scared of any question. I’ll give you an answer. A lot of people are scared of having actual opinions out there. People are so scared of criticism… I’m not scared of people disliking me. Ronda Rousey
I’m scared of audiences. Adele

What SCARES you? Today is Halloween Day and it’s a perfect day to talk about the word – SCARED. We all have our share of things that scare us and you can tell from the quotes included on this post that aging, dying, speaking/singing in public, shaming, clowns, the unknown, and many other things add to our list of fear factors that send us running out the door or into a closet to hide. We live in a world where people are constantly being bombarded by messages, stories, and events that scare us and then on a day like this one, we dress up, go trick-a-treating, and scare the heck out of each other for fun… Ironic right? Sadly, there are people who use scary tactics to manipulate others by threatening to hurt folks, feeding on their fears, and exaggerating the truth, and these scary approaches can have a long-term impact on our psyche; they can make us distrustful, hateful and even vengeful. So we need to be aware of our triggers and be mindful of how we interact with people and situations that can exacerbate our scare-meter.
Do you know what the top 10 Scary Things are? When I was researching material for this post, I wanted to know what top things scared people. As I read a bunch of articles, some are shared on this post,  I was reminded that scary things can also be viewed through the lens of phobias we have around certain things or situations. Scary situations force us to retreat, become irrational and even lash out. But we can motivate ourselves to work through them by seeking professional help, taking small steps to understand why we are scared, and making lifestyle changes that can help us shift direction. Here are 10 top scary things to make you think: Public speaking, Spiders, Enclosed spaces, heights, dead people/zombies, thunder and lightning, the dark, dentists, snakes, flying/dying… and the list goes on. Which ones on the list scare you?

A Story: Be Scared and Ride The Waves Anyway!
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all — young and old, rich and poor, compassionate and cruel — the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self. Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth. But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging.
Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”
The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!” But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks. Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more. And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!” And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.”
But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone, and began making legends of a Savior. Zen Stories via Goodweb

READ: Top 10 Scary Things
What Really Scares People: Top 10 Phobias


“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”  John Wayne

Motivation Mondays: SCARED - Halloween and other Scary Things and Phobias

Motivation Mondays: SCARED – Halloween and other Scary Things and Phobias

I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you’re desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward – well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism. Henry Louis Gates
One of the reasons it’s important for me to write about war is I really think that the concept of war, the specifics of war, the nature of war, the ethical ambiguities of war, are introduced too late to children. I think they can hear them, understand them, know about them, at a much younger age without being scared to death by the stories. Suzanne Collins


What impact does being scared have on how we interpret human behavior? Whether we hold irrational feelings towards people who are different from us or we are sacred of what we imagine our enemies will do to us if given the chance, when we are scared, we allow it to dictate how we treat others. When we are scared, we imagine the worst about those we think are responsible for our situation and instead of responding in a calm and rational manner, we attack others without just cause. Being scared can be a great motivator for seeking answers that help us made peaceful and responsible decisions. But, we must make the effort to see beyond our feelings of fright; it will take being proactive or even seeking professional intervention to deal with the emotional stranglehold that being scared has on the individual. In dangerous times, some people thrive on being scared and use it as a reason to commit atrocities against others.  Our motivation to change direction in difficult times is important, and we must be vigilant to not get caught up by a mob mentality.

READ: Top Ten Things That Scare People Most
What Really Scares People: Top 10 Phobias

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09/05 –   Labor Day,  International Day of Charity,  8 International Literacy Day,
09/12 –  15 Day of Democracy Day,  17 Constitution Day
09/19 –  21 International Day of Peace/ World Peace Day, World Rhino Day
09/26 – National Preparedness Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National School Success Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness

10/03 –  2-4 Rosh Hashana,  6 German-American Day,
10/10 –  10  Columbus Day, World Mental Health Day, 11 International Day of the Girl,  12 Yom Kippur
10/17 –   16 World Food Day / FAO World Food Day
10/24 –  24 United Nations Day,  28 National Chocolate Day, 29 National Cat Day, 30 Diwali
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“When you’re scared, when you’re hanging on, when life is hurting you, then you’re going to see what you’re really made of.” Sylvester Stallone

Motivation Mondays: SCARED - Halloween and other Scary Things and Phobias

Motivation Mondays: SCARED – Halloween and other Scary Things and Phobias

You can’t be scared of death. When that time comes, it comes. Sean Taylor
I used to get a shiver if I thought about holding balloons, because I was scared of floating away. Fiona Apple
Storms and darkness scared me, but somehow it encouraged me to learn about nature and I think nothing’s dark, dark is beautiful too. Bai Ling

What can we do about the things that scare us? For starters, consider the source of your fears and examine the underlying reasons, messages, or family connections to that scary thing. Have you tried another approach to help alleviate the situation? When we have a phobia, seeking help is a great option and that is if we are truly eager to overcome it. Otherwise, find another path to helping you reduce the hold that scary thing has on you…. we must try! Have a Scare-free Halloween!


A Story: Halloween Harry!
Five friends were walking home after a Halloween party. They decided to cut through a cemetery to get home faster. As they walked across it, they heard loud banging noises and a voice complaining. Out of curiosity, they approached and saw a dark form which made them jump. A loud voice said “What do you want?” They composed themselves and walked up to an older man chipping away at a headstone with a hammer. “You almost scared us to death,” one of the five said as the others laughed. ” Why are you here!?” They asked in unison. “My family members are a bunch of idiots! They mis-spelled my name, so I had to climb out to fix it.” said the old man glaring at them. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

READ: Top 10 Things People Fear Most
Top 10 Scary Things

Have an un-scary week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip:  We are all scared of something… Press ahead by being present.

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Until Next Time…
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201 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber permalink
    31/10/2016 7:34 pm

    Happy Halloween!

    Spiders scare me. And ghosts.

  2. Julie Maloney permalink
    31/10/2016 5:37 pm

    Only one thing scares me, the fear that something will happen to one of my kids. I can handle anything but that.

  3. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    31/10/2016 5:44 pm

    I find Halloween movies scarier than actual Halloween. Maybe that is because i have such found memories of dressing up and trick-or-treating as a kid.

  4. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    31/10/2016 6:32 pm

    I have anxiety and often find myself scared. I have been learning different tools I can use to help me deal with it. I love your motivation posts.

  5. R U S S permalink
    31/10/2016 6:54 pm

    Like most people, I am scared of things that I do not know or things that I am not prepared for – like death of a loved one or losing someone. After past losses, I try my best to plan ahead and at the same time, I condition my mind that nothing is ever permanent. We could always hope for the best but we should also plan for the worst.

  6. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    31/10/2016 7:00 pm

    This is such a cool stories! The Halloween Harry is quite scary to read on halloween night. I really like the quote by John Wayne… another great post!

  7. acowboyslife permalink
    31/10/2016 7:31 pm

    People invading my personal space! It makes me sweat and get insanely nervous.

  8. katrinajeancarter permalink
    31/10/2016 7:52 pm

    This is a great exploration of the word “scared” I like the story you shared. It is very thought-provoking. AMong the list you put, nothing really strikes me as “scary” but I know when I’m in the actual situation, enclosed spaces, heights, thunder and lightning, and the dark would scare me.

  9. Melanie Smith permalink
    31/10/2016 9:30 pm

    I hate those ten things! I’m really scared of them haha. I love Halloween because is fun but I don’t like scary things at all.

  10. Mihaela Echols permalink
    31/10/2016 9:36 pm

    Happy Halloween! I like the spooky pumpkin in the upper left hand corner!

  11. Pal Raine permalink
    31/10/2016 9:46 pm

    I like this phrase: “Be Scared and Ride The Waves Anyway!”. Being SCARED is part of our system, It is the normal body reaction to fright. An adrenaline rush that our bodies react when something scary, but slowly it subside when you feel relax.

  12. cre8tone kylie permalink
    01/11/2016 12:02 am

    Everyone will be scared.. Just how to overcome our own fear that’s matter…

  13. shieahmarie permalink
    01/11/2016 12:51 am

    wow what an informative post and a timely one too. I must say I am greatly amused. It’s true that in life we have to push through even when we’re scared. I think as we grow wiser, we’ll learn to embrace fear more and more.

  14. Dreammerin permalink
    01/11/2016 4:44 am

    “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist…” – Will Smith

  15. Imaobong permalink
    01/11/2016 2:35 am

    “courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.. ”
    Couldn’t have been put in better words to be honest!

  16. PaulaMS permalink
    01/11/2016 4:51 am

    We all fear something. How we handle those fears determines our success or failure. I have been able to overcome most of mine but still can’t overcome my phobia of waterbugs. They freak me out!!!!

  17. i9finite permalink
    01/11/2016 4:55 am

    Whoa! Makes Mondays more interesting now. But I will still hate mondays!
    October has a lot of fun Mondays, though

  18. cybella28 permalink
    01/11/2016 8:32 am

    Fear is a very strong emotion we all face from time to time. However fear is just another form of excitement as for me confronting fear feels amazing!

  19. Cait Weingartner permalink
    01/11/2016 6:16 am

    I love your “Motivation Monday” posts, and this one is no exception. I’m a big believer that in order to grow and reach our full potential in life, we need to step out of our comfort zone, and do what SCARES us from time to time.

  20. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    01/11/2016 6:28 am

    I hate Halloween so Nov 1 is my favorite day of the year – ha! And today… It’s NOV 1! WOO WOO! 😀

  21. Shirley permalink
    01/11/2016 9:53 am

    “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway” – well said. Motivation Monday List is really good. This is something different post and informative. Thanks for sharing.

  22. AWanderingVine permalink
    01/11/2016 10:28 am

    I’m scared of the dark sometimes…it depends on where and certain circumstances. I’m not scared of spiders or snakes, but I am scared of cockroaches. I love the story about the creatures :).

  23. The Awkward Vegan permalink
    01/11/2016 7:36 am

    Happy Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday! What scares me? The dark, the water and spiders!

  24. Laura permalink
    01/11/2016 10:49 am

    I guess the unknown scares me. I like a road map of where I”m going.

  25. Audrey permalink
    01/11/2016 11:40 am

    I am one who doesn’t care as well for this time of year, I don’t care to be scared at all! I love this collection of images!

  26. Jojo Vito permalink
    01/11/2016 9:17 am

    I am diabetic and honestly,God forbids, I am a bit scared of the possibility of having some complications in the future

  27. planningthemagic permalink
    01/11/2016 12:19 pm

    Perfect word for the day. Those top 10 “scares” are interesting. I think my number one fear would be a lack of success.

  28. Neely (@Neelykins) permalink
    01/11/2016 12:20 pm

    I tend to be scared by bigger things like losing someone. I do also not love scary movies. My hubs does though haha!

  29. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide permalink
    01/11/2016 1:04 pm

    There is so much to fear in this world, all we can do is look to find our bravery! I love knowing that my fears can all be conquered by changing the way I think and view things!

  30. Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom) permalink
    01/11/2016 1:04 pm

    Lots of things scare me, I’ll admit it. Especially on Halloween. These are some spooky images!

  31. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. permalink
    01/11/2016 1:07 pm

    One of the things that scares me most is death! I think about it often and I feel like I have a pretty irrational fear. Its just hard not to think about it so much because the media displays all sorts of things happening at any time so you feel like it’s more likely to happen to you.

  32. Saidah permalink
    01/11/2016 1:08 pm

    I tend to stay away from scary things. What scares me the most in he bug family are cockroaches. I have a serious fear of them.

  33. My Journey With Candida permalink
    01/11/2016 1:27 pm

    It’s the time of the season when scares run high. Normally, I don’t scare easily.

  34. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    01/11/2016 1:33 pm

    There’s not really too much that scares me, to be perfectly honest. Too stubborn to be scared, I guess LOL But I’ve always found power in facing the fears I do have head on!

  35. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    01/11/2016 1:43 pm

    Thank goodness Halloween is only once a year. I like being scared a little, but not all the time.

  36. Michele permalink
    01/11/2016 2:23 pm

    SNAKES–I am not only scared of snakes-I am petrified of them!

  37. Maria@closetohome permalink
    01/11/2016 2:35 pm

    what scares me is my own fate. I worry something is going to happen to me and leave my kids by themselves.

  38. Fatima A. (@Blogsbyfa) permalink
    01/11/2016 2:41 pm

    Seriously, even I have started thinking about old age now but I just think that I should live independently till I die.

  39. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) permalink
    01/11/2016 2:43 pm

    Love the John Wayne quote. The large eye image in your collage immediately draws attention.

  40. Terry permalink
    01/11/2016 1:26 pm

    It’s the time of the season where scares run high. Normally, I don’t scare easily.

  41. Fatima permalink
    01/11/2016 3:16 pm

    I love that you mentioned how being scared can be confused with phobias. Sometimes we think we’re terrified of trying something that we stay away from it. The very things that we fear, like change, is what we need to go through to come out stronger.

  42. Bill S permalink
    01/11/2016 4:05 pm

    I love this time of year!! So much fun watching scary movies and seeing all the creepy decorations at houses.

  43. crystal permalink
    01/11/2016 7:25 pm

    Nice and spooky photos , I like them , I enjoyed reading about scared and like the quote at the beginning.

  44. momknowsbest15 permalink
    01/11/2016 9:02 pm

    My scary things are spiders. I hate all kinds of spiders.

  45. The Mad Mommy permalink
    01/11/2016 6:41 pm

    I love Halloween! It is my favorite holiday! I also enjoy being truly scared. It is a hard thing to do, so when something scares me, I am impressed!

  46. janella2016 permalink
    01/11/2016 6:59 pm

    I have alot of fears…. I am still afraid of the dark. I don’t think I will ever get over that.

  47. Claudette Esterine permalink
    01/11/2016 7:09 pm

    I don’t do Halloween and very little scares me. I trust Life and that It will always lead me no matter what my misstep.

  48. Stephanie Jeannot permalink
    01/11/2016 7:10 pm

    My phobia is water bugs. I scream at the site of them. Didn’t celebrate Halloween this year just coming back from being away for a while and suffering with jet lag and a cold. Hope yours was great.

  49. Mihaela Echols permalink
    01/11/2016 7:15 pm

    Heights, whales and spiders scare me.

  50. jessicakrieger23 permalink
    01/11/2016 10:16 pm

    I really like how you put bravery and scared together, an important lesson to choose being brave over fearful.

  51. brandyellen permalink
    01/11/2016 8:20 pm

    I would think for me, from my experiences, the top scariest thing for me is change. Making huge changes. Most recently selling my blog was scary but a great step!

  52. Ashlea permalink
    01/11/2016 9:13 pm

    I am scared of losing my family. That has to be one of my biggest fears. Besies that I am basically scaed of most things if not freaked out.

  53. jessicakrieger permalink
    01/11/2016 10:15 pm

    I really like how you put bravery and scared together. An important lesson to choose to be brave over fearful!

  54. Cait Weingartner permalink
    02/11/2016 12:17 am

    I love this article and the John Wayne quote, “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” I’m a firm believer that growth and success occur outside your comfort zone, which means you always need to be a little afraid. Thanks for sharing!

  55. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits permalink
    02/11/2016 3:28 am

    What scares me now? There has been a bunch of things that scares me, but I don’t allow it to control me cause I don’t want to mistreat others just because I’m scared. It is the notion that we can never evade, but we can always control cause we should always be responsible for our own emotion.


  56. aeirin permalink
    02/11/2016 3:46 am

    I’m scared of heights because I feel like I’m going to fall

  57. Marceline Dementori permalink
    02/11/2016 1:15 am

    We all get scared, it’s part of life. The important part is how we overcome it. Fear can drag us down and prevent us from reaching our goals. I enjoyed reading the stories about being scared! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  58. Fred permalink
    02/11/2016 4:16 am

    I am not a fan of the Halloween holiday. In our country, November 1 and 2 are days for families to visit their dead relatives. Now the Western commercial Halloween practices are creeping in, so sadly the original essence of the holiday is getting diluted.

  59. jmanandmillerbug permalink
    02/11/2016 5:17 am

    Great pictures! I like halloween for candy but I am not a big fan of being scared Lol. I like that you mention we are all scared of something and need to press ahead! It is a great reminder!

  60. carrie@thelavenderhytta permalink
    02/11/2016 2:37 am

    Great post! Being scared on occasion is a part of life. I think it helps to examine things around us more closely. One of the biggest things I am scared of it pitch black dark. I know why but it is still hard to overcome. Maybe one day.

  61. Franc Ramon permalink
    02/11/2016 2:57 am

    Being scared can really be a good or bad thing. For one, it gives you limitations but if you let it overwhelm you, it can paralyze you.

  62. Alli Rutherford Smith permalink
    02/11/2016 3:00 am

    Franklin D Roosevelt said it best when he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” When I was a little girl, I was afraid of the dark. Even now, I don’t like sleeping in total darkness. I think it’s because of the scary ghost stories my other brothers would tell when we were little. 🙂

  63. ideasbydalba permalink
    02/11/2016 6:34 am

    Thank you for posting this. I usually don’t think of things that scare me or that are scary because I rather not feel that way. But it is very interesting to read about.

  64. Shalama Jackson permalink
    02/11/2016 7:26 am

    I am not a bugs person as far as things that scare or better yet frighten me. I know we are bigger as humans but they still freak me out. That and rodents.

  65. Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) permalink
    02/11/2016 7:45 am

    I don’t think I have any fears as such of things other than mental ones, as I suffer from anxiety – I seem to fear something happening to the children or me so I am not there to care for my children. Fear can cause huge distress and have friends who have genuine fears of spiders etc.

  66. Ashley Griffith permalink
    02/11/2016 8:32 am

    I’m definitely scared of speaking in public.

  67. Nina permalink
    02/11/2016 8:55 am

    Oh gosh what scares me well sharks, jellyfish, snakes, spiders, death, wasps and anything else that can sting you!

  68. soulsensecoaching permalink
    02/11/2016 9:57 am

    Last night I visited a family member who is very ill in an Oncology Hospital. The ward was filled with people with cancer and it was heartbreaking. I realised it is suffering that scares me.

  69. Julie Syl Kalungi permalink
    02/11/2016 10:46 am

    Wooo that Image can make a child Scared! It also speaks of legends and stories that kids are told to keep em focused on a task, usually waay before bedtime lol.

    That said, the creature that let and allowed the river to carry it forth to its freedom after a bit if bruising and battering speaks to me. In order to succeed we must allow our Higher being t guide us! We must let go of our fear of success. It really must have been Obsessed for ages with freedom. We can only break free if we are obsessed with something enough to risk it all, let go of our fears and inhibitions and reach for our North star. I enjoyed reading this Motivational Monday Post Elizabeth! 🙂

    Julie Syl

  70. mybelleelle permalink
    02/11/2016 12:19 pm

    I don’t like being scared so I have learned to avoid haunted houses and scary movies. One of the things that scares me that i have a hard time avoiding at times is elevators. I never thought about seeking help for it though. I’ll have to see what I can find to help me with that.

  71. Ave Hla permalink
    02/11/2016 2:20 pm

    I’m scared when my family members get sick, especially when my little daughter isn’t feeling well. I don’t like public speaking either.

  72. toughcookiemommy permalink
    02/11/2016 2:36 pm

    The thing that has always scared me the most is every losing the ones I love. I know that this is a real fear for a lot of people as well.

  73. R U S S permalink
    02/11/2016 4:38 pm

    The thing about phobias is that we can overcome them. It may take a while, but it takes a lot of guts to get over it. And we also need a very valid reason to beat that fear – sometimes, it becomes your last best choice.

    I used to be afraid of heights, but I conquered it. I had to do this drop from 80-ft during a trip. What pushed me to do it is that 1) I don’t want to be called a sissy and 2) I don’t want to climb back down. Lol. Point is, it’s a fear that I was able to overcome.

  74. Alfonzowords permalink
    02/11/2016 5:02 pm

    isnt it funny how public speaking ranks as the number one scariest thing for most people. for it’s Death, not having enough time to accomplish everything i’ve set out to do.

  75. Tasheena @ permalink
    02/11/2016 5:43 pm

    Great post! I had no idea one of the top ten things that scared people was public speaking.

  76. Mommy Roxi (@MommyRoxi) permalink
    02/11/2016 5:57 pm

    I’m afraid of the uncertain. That’s why I’m always reminding myself to live in the now and just trust God instead of worrying and being scared.

  77. Ana Ojha permalink
    02/11/2016 6:51 pm

    Loved the story of Halloween Harry. It’s hilarious! My biggest fear is that I should not hurt anyone through my words or deeds. But the truth is that we can’t make everyone happy!

  78. Lisa Rios permalink
    02/11/2016 7:08 pm

    Such a beautiful & inspiring quote from Omar N. Bradley to start with and the pictures are unique and amazing which is the special from your posts. I think we all have different type of scars inside, but we need to find ways to come out of it with positive thoughts & motivate other as well on the same.

  79. Travel Blogger permalink
    02/11/2016 7:25 pm

    Its amazing how fear can be our biggest motivator or the single thing that holds us back in life.

  80. Ari permalink
    02/11/2016 7:41 pm

    Interesting read! Currently, the things that scare me are being outside when it’s dark (you never know what’s lurking) and clowns – I’ve been afraid of clowns since a little girl. I had a nanny and her daughter was in clown school (yep… it’s a thing) and would scare me every day after my nap. I’m traumatized and the recent clown incidences aren’t helping!

  81. wanderlustyleblog permalink
    02/11/2016 11:00 pm

    Lots of motivation Mondays. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  82. shubhadabhide permalink
    02/11/2016 11:18 pm

    Nice topic! We all are scared of one or the other thing in life. Facing the fear bravely is what we can do though.

  83. Stargazer Writes permalink
    02/11/2016 10:05 pm

    I am scared of aging as well. This is why I am investing a lot for anti-aging products.

  84. poojakawatra permalink
    02/11/2016 10:11 pm

    This is so thoughtful to read about Halloween and stories related to it. For kids they relate it to fun time they have chasing everyone and shouting “Trick or Treat”.

  85. Claire Algarme permalink
    02/11/2016 11:51 pm

    We do all have fears. Out of the list you mentioned, I think I’m afraid of heights, although I’m technically afraid of falling from such a height. I’m also afraid of disappointing and offending others. I like the zen story about letting go. The more we are afraid or insecure, the more we cling to ideas like fame, material things, popularity, etc., but often we get to hurt ourselves and others in the process.

  86. gobeyondbounds permalink
    03/11/2016 3:36 am

    Definitely what scares us is part of our life and our experiences. I havent had any encounter with Snakes but they scare me out.

  87. Marceline Dementori permalink
    03/11/2016 2:22 am

    There are plenty of things that scare me, most of them are hindrances to reaching my goals in life which is why I am quite determined to overcome them. I’ve enjoyed reading this monday motivation!

  88. FX777 Classified Articles permalink
    03/11/2016 4:38 am

    At least we’re human being when we are scared of something that triggered our bravery to the fullest. It’s something to encourage us to be brave at all times. Fernando Lachica

  89. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    03/11/2016 6:37 am

    Boo. I love Halloween and all things spooky. Especially movies. I love all of your photos, perfect for your post.

  90. Marta permalink
    03/11/2016 6:51 am

    You touched a scary subject 🙂 I think we got a bit lazy when it comes to fending off our fears and anxieties we often turn to the plethora tranquilizers that just suppress them, instead of helping us face them.

  91. Megan Ogden permalink
    03/11/2016 7:23 am

    I mean terrified of flying on an airplane. Yesterday my friend was showing me statistics and I have more chance of dying from blogging than dying in a plane crash!

  92. 03/11/2016 10:47 am

    Scary things? I suppose spiders are one of the most scary things for most people but I’m not sure.

  93. Rosey permalink
    03/11/2016 11:00 am

    If we imagine the wrost, that does make us unnecessarily scared. The best antidote to fear is facing it head on. Most times you amplified it to be bigger than it should have been to begin with… 🙂

  94. Taria Shondell permalink
    03/11/2016 3:15 pm

    Fear…. that will definitely stop us from moving forward and reacting to others from a scared place. I have feared things and realized that the only way I could live was to give it to GOD…

  95. nbosken permalink
    03/11/2016 3:55 pm

    Woah, those eyes are crazy! I love the mixture of photos.


  96. Keith Haney permalink
    03/11/2016 5:09 pm

    That was very interesting. Not quite what I expected. But that is always a good thing.

  97. purejackie permalink
    04/11/2016 2:05 pm

    oh I love your writing, all the stories are so motivational. Thanks for sharing

  98. rochkirstin permalink
    05/11/2016 1:07 am

    I agree to the top 10 things people are most scared of. I’m also scared of those things haha. I can’t imagine my horror if zombies are real!

  99. Rachel Mouton permalink
    05/11/2016 4:32 am

    Oh my goodness! I hate being scared and I hate scary movies. Halloween is a lot of fun for the kids though 🙂

  100. DecoPix (@TiinaTibs) permalink
    05/11/2016 7:04 am

    We all are scared of something and over the years some of the fears might change. I would be great to get rid of all phobias. Those are more mental things and can be fixed, you just need to be brave enough.

  101. Kusum permalink
    06/11/2016 12:42 am

    Brilliant post. I strongly believe that fear makes us all better people one way or another. Being scared at times is a good thing.
    xx, Kusum

  102. JamericanSpice (@Jamericanspice) permalink
    06/11/2016 7:36 am

    There are so many things scaring me right now and it’s being detrimental to my health. I must let go and trust God with it all.

  103. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    07/11/2016 12:41 am

    Courage ia being scared to death… i am actually scared of dying early because Im a mom and I want to take care of my child.
    Death and clowns scares me the most

  104. Caroline permalink
    07/11/2016 9:35 pm

    Halloween definitely is a scary time but I believe in pushing past your fears and embracing something new and exciting!!

  105. Tiffany Yong permalink
    07/11/2016 11:39 pm

    I agree with facing fears. Besides stuff that go against my morales, I will usually try my best to face my fears by getting used to them. Face to face confrontation is something I hate though~

  106. Garf permalink
    08/11/2016 5:28 am

    I am a scaredy cat so I don’t watch scary stuff. I get nightmares. Also, I don’t celebrate Halloween.

  107. Miranda (Anosa) permalink
    19/11/2016 11:30 am

    We are so scared of so many things in life but somehow halloween is the exception to the rule. People dressing up to scare others but not all with malice, its usualy for fun whereas others not so much.

  108. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen permalink
    21/11/2016 12:26 pm

    One of the things that scares me is drowning. It is my forever fear. I’m not scared of anything Halloween like ghosts and witches.

  109. duffelbagspouse permalink
    16/04/2017 3:37 am

    Bravery is a characteristic we never really know we have until we have to display it.

  110. kumamonjeng permalink
    06/07/2018 6:44 am

    Wow, these pictures really make me scare, especially the eyes picture. The one thing that scare me quite a lot is darkness as it is unknown what is next.

  111. Renata Feyen (@seadbeady) permalink
    31/10/2019 5:51 am

    Public speaking does scare me a lot however singing in public is something that I love to do – other things that scare me on the list are heights, thunder and lightning, the dark and snakes 🙂

  112. trent peek permalink
    31/10/2019 6:07 am

    When I was a kid anything that had a mask scared the crap out of me. Now what scares me is my bills. Thanks for the post.

  113. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    31/10/2019 6:19 am

    Mine are cockroaches and dentists *shudder* I can’t even with either one of those!

  114. Chad permalink
    31/10/2019 6:32 am

    As usual, this is awesome and thank you!!! I hate fear but as you said, it can be used as a huge catalyst to move forward.

  115. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    31/10/2019 6:35 am

    There are so many fears. But they are all inside of us. Overcoming them, one-by-one, gives our lives a beautiful route.

  116. Lydia permalink
    31/10/2019 11:37 am

    I won’t say I’m scared right now somehow John Wayne’s quote resonates with me.

  117. Samar permalink
    31/10/2019 3:13 pm

    We all are scared about something or someone. It’s just that, we don’t let that come in our way.

    Well, I wasn’t talking about our wives 😉

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      31/10/2019 5:35 pm

      Hahaha. true. 🙂

  118. Norma permalink
    31/10/2019 3:30 pm

    Halloween is a great time to think about everything that scares us. Kids enjoy more going to trick or treat than the scary aspect of Halloween.

  119. catherine santiago jose permalink
    31/10/2019 6:09 pm

    I have a lot of things that really scares me off but one thing I am for sure, that I can be brave even if I am scared for something or someone.

  120. sincerelymissj permalink
    31/10/2019 8:38 pm

    Getting old scares me too but also large bodies of water. I get super anxious on boats.

  121. delhifundos2014 permalink
    31/10/2019 9:02 pm

    Happy Halloween to you and yours. Doing things that scare us helps us to become stronger, braver and more reactive people in general. Some things are really scary because they bring us back to negative memories.

  122. MUDPIEFRIDAYS permalink
    31/10/2019 11:46 pm

    This is true and very right. But of course we people choose what happen and what to do when our most fearing day comes. And character always matter.

  123. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    01/11/2019 12:07 pm

    It’s nice that you tackle fears on this time of the year. There are just so many kinds of fears, but the one most special and not to be stayed away from is fear of God.

  124. jen schreiner permalink
    27/10/2021 7:21 am

    The bravery quotes spoke to me. Courage to act! So needed to hear today. Great post.

  125. khoingn | The Broad Life permalink
    27/10/2021 3:49 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s a motivation to me but surely it’s an interesting topic, especially in this Halloween season.

  126. Chloe Faulkner permalink
    28/10/2021 1:10 am

    I’ve been trying to gradually overcome my fears this year. From weight gain to heights, I seem to be doing quite well!

  127. Alita pacio permalink
    28/10/2021 2:46 am

    Heights really scare me lately. I used to love climbing buildings when I was younger but high places really scare me these days

  128. Ave permalink
    28/10/2021 5:58 am

    I’m not a big fan of public speaking and enclosed spaces aren’t my favorite either. It’s important that we try to deal with our fears.

  129. Thena permalink
    28/10/2021 4:46 pm

    Wow! This is so amazing! Theres so many things to read that can help and i’m blown away! Thank you so much!

  130. Ntensibe Edgar permalink
    29/10/2021 11:16 am

    Dogs scare me a lot, that’s the honest truth! Happy Halloween!

  131. Blair Villanueva permalink
    30/10/2021 10:24 pm

    I don’t remember having phobia of any sorts but recently, I find my Husband’s daughter’s bedroom is the most scariest place I’ve seen, that haunted my senses.
    She needs to learn proper organizing of her belongings.

  132. Jasmine Martin permalink
    31/10/2021 4:48 pm

    I am scared of a decent amount of things like not being able to pay my student loans off before I turn 50. I feel like the things that scare me are more realistic and rational for the most part. I hate the idea of being in debt my whole life.


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