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Posted By Cliff Tuttle | March 23, 2018

No. 1,450

Ghandi found the courage to stand alone against the most powerful colonial empire in history.

We are constantly constrained by fear.

What do we fear?  Just about everything.  The unknown.  Known perils. Death. Injury. Embarrassment. Failure. Schoolyard bullies. I could keep going.

Fear is physical.  We feel it in our gut.  We feel it with a dry mouth and a beating heart. Sometimes our hands shake and our brain freezes.  It is not fun.

And yet, we all know that there are times when fear must be conquered.  There are tasks that must be accomplished and sometimes there is no one to do it but you.

But there is a flip side: regret. Yes, you could have been a contender.  We all could have been or done something that we really should have, could have. And would have . . . but for . . . fear.

Yes, the worst can happen.  But often it doesn’t.  When the President announced that the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem, the old hands at the TV networks went pale.  And then, nothing much happened.  Whatever you think of the wisdom (or lack thereof) of this President’s policies, you have to give him this: he isn’t afraid to act boldly and decisively.  Courage is a virtue available to any human being, important or seemingly insignificant.

I’m not suggesting reckless behavior.  The decision to overcome fear and step forward must be a carefully calculated one.  The price of failure must be weighed and accepted.  In other words, negative consequences must be part of the package, if they happen.  Why? Because doing it was worth the risk!

Be strong.  Stand alone. Stand for something. Do something worth doing.

I wanted to say something important in this blog post number 1,450.  I hope you, who have read this far, are encouraged to do something worthwhile and courageous.

But if nobody reads this post, I still wrote it and I feel a little stronger. Not fearless yet.  Just working on it.






CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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