While watering plants yesterday I noticed something strange. Something wasn’t right, my plant looked different. Upon closer…and I mean really closer inspection, I saw the eye…and then I knew! I knew in an instant that if that had jumped out at me I would have jumped, tripped and fallen into the pool. I’m not afraid of frogs, I just don’t like them jumping out at me when I least expect it, when I’m standing on the rim of my pool, leaning over on my tip toes.
Can you find him?
At 5:15am this morning I was awakened from my sweet slumber by the sound of…thunder? no. raindrops on my roof top? no. tornado sirens? no.
I get woke up by my dog’s whining…and because I’m not aware that a storm is upon us, attempts of ignoring him fail, because then I begin to think about why he’s whining. Are my children okay? Is the house on fire? Is someone trying to break in? FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. So now I’m awake…thank you Rudy! and I finally do hear the downpour.
Nice…after all that watering I did 🙂
So you’ve figured out that my dog is a scaredy-cat when it comes to storms. Ironically, I LOVE thunderstorms, in fact I get so excited when it gets really dark outside and warnings are being issued. Now days, I can’t even enjoy a good old fashion thunderstorm because my dog is afraid of the thunder, lighting and even the sound of rain on my kitchen skylight. It breaks my heart. All I can do is just sit with him and try to soothe him. Even if it’s 5:20am.
Trying to soothe Rudy through the storm got me to thinking about my fears. I have a few…as do we all, but I thought that I would share some of my less threatening fears with you. You might find yourself chuckling at a few, but after I typed these up, I realized that even in light these being humorous…in each one there is a shred of truth. Then I realized that fear is a very strange emotion and if allowed it can grow beyond the boundaries of reason.
While some of my fears are tongue and cheek…some fears are not so funny. Rudy and his fear of storms has taught me about being compassionate towards those who struggle with fear. Because just like with me and Rudy, while I see his fear of storms as trivial because storms don’t bother me, they do bother him and his fears are very real to him.
Here are 1o things I fear;
#10… someday I’ll buy my dream DSLR camera and find out it wasn’t my crappy point and shoot camera that made my photos look bad, it was the person taking the photos
#9… that I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like the chevron design
#8… a gecko falling on my head after it looses it’s grip on the ceiling right as I’m walking under it
#7… sleeping with my mouth open and bugs crawling in my mouth
#6… loosing my iPhone
#5… my bathroom mirror
#4… stepping in gooey stuff in the middle of the night, bare foot
#3… high places
#2… swimming in lakes (dirty water phobia)
#1…no wipes in my car to wash my hands after shopping (no joke)
I have some strange fears don’t I?
How about you?
What type of things frighten you?
I pray when I do feel fear creeping in and I would be blessed to pray about your fears as well.
If your not comfortable sharing in the comments, send me an email.
I have a favorite Bible verse that helps me when I’m fearful;
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10
I love that verse.
Hope you have a awesome weekend! Ours will consist of my yardwork, swimming, a little league baseball game, church, grilling out and…Oh yeah! FATHERS DAY!!!
7 thoughts on “10 things I fear…”
I share many of your fears too ~ 🙂
~ water…love the beach so much though! I can’t stand not to be able to touch the bottom…and I don’t care for lakes either.
~ bugs, spiders, anything that crawls or stings
~ I also have antiseptic wipes in my car…and my purse!
~ being in close spaces….have claustropobia really bad
~ losing my independence…that’s a biggie!
I’m sure I could think of more if given the time. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
I’m a closet germaphobe. Wanna guess which store grosses me out the most?
Well, I can remove one of your fears. I loathe chevron patterns. So there are at least two of us in the world! LOL
I am not alone anymore!!!! Thank you Teri 🙂 It’s not that I don’t like them at all, but I’m starting to see zigzag everywhere I go. My eyes are going crazy. My daughter has it on her blog header and I love it there…and that’s about it. Oh, I do love herringbone…that’s sort of a chevron isn’t it? mini-micro!
I’ll play along…
…first and foremost: FIRE! the smell of smoke (when I know there should be nothing burning), and FIRE alarms going off (this from incessant drills at school when I was a child; getting left in the bathroom)
…Lakes/ Oceans…swimming anywhere I can’t see the bottom
…Children and bodies of water scare me–supervision, supervision,supervision (a close friendship was forever changed when I saw my son on the side of the lake, playing and splashing unsupervised and I turned around and made him get his bedroll and overnight pack and come home–he wasn’t allowed to stay at the boys birthday party)
…Storms, although since moving AWAY from a community that enforced sirens, I’ve calmed down–those things go off in my opinion unnecessarily giving a false security and THAT MAKES ME FEARFUL.
…Strangers– I mean people who are strange and I don’t understand their behavior; people I’ve never met, that get in my personal space and are too- too nice, w/o reason.
…That’s pretty much it– Now y’all are scared of me, aren’t you!
I do try and understands other’s fears, because I have mine. What we need is more compassion. But please, don’t try and get in my space and have a group hug over it. 😉
I would have done the same thing!