Courage and fear are awkward teenagers at a school dance. When fear steps on courage's toes, courage tends to banish fear to the sidelines with the wallflowers, declaring that fear just messes everything up and should just be hidden and pushed aside.
That might work for a while, until fear takes on a Carrie-type rage, setting fire to prom night.
Fear is a powerful emotion, sometimes more powerful than courage. Embracing your fears can help you step into the most frightening aspects of your life, especially as you get to know yourself on a deeper level. Here's a piece I wrote recently for Psyched in San Francisco, riffing off the Georgia O'Keeffe quotation: “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
Read more of bravery, courage, fear, and growing stones here, on Psyched in San Francisco: http://www.psychedinsanfrancisco.com/growing-stones-process-becoming-brave/