Knowing makes the hard work worth it
Ambrose Redmoon is credited with saying that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
An article and video on NYTimes.com beautifully illustrate this truth.
The piece features Attis Clopton, who had an intense fear of water. He decided he wanted to conquer his longstanding fear, and so worked with a swim coach to do just that.
Many things stood out to me from watching the video, given my work as a psychotherapist. First, Attis Clopton had had traumatic experiences with water, and his solution was to avoid water and the fear that came with it.