This article was previously published September 30, 2011, and was updated on December 27, 2022.
How are you at conquering fear?
Would you like to hear a tale of how 3 little piggies did something even better than conquering Fear? Read on to find out what they did!
Once upon a time, there were 3 little piggies.
Those piggies were named Faith, Love and Joy. Along came a big ole wolf named Fear, and Fear was hungry so he tried to blow Faith’s little piggie house down!
Fortunately, the little piggies were friends and had made a pact a long time ago, so that if they were ever in trouble, they knew to call on each other for help. Faith was in trouble now, she was shaken and scared and didn’t know what to do…
“Help!” cried Faith! And along came Love and Joy to encourage and inspire Faith to declare her trust, claim her vision of safety and guidance, and surrender to the experience so that Faith could grow and be stronger.
And Faith grew strong.
And Fear slunk away in defeat.
Then Fear said, “I know! I’ll try to blow Joy’s little piggie house down!” So Fear took a big huge deep breath until he couldn’t inhale another molecule of oxygen, and then he blew so hard his eyes popped out and his cheeks sunk inward so far they touched his long red tongue!
But Joy knew to call on Faith and Love, and they discovered together that Joy was in fact stronger than Fear. Joy’s wisdom came from her heart and Soul, and bubbled up inside her so strongly that Fear didn’t have a chance. Fear stuck out his tongue and made a disgusted raspberry noise as he stomped off to get his breath back.
As he lay panting in the shade of the ancient oak tree, he thought, “Well, there’s one more little piggie I haven’t tried yet. I’d really like to eat a piggie for dinner- cause I’m really hungry and all this huffing and puffing is giving me a big appetite for pork belly.”
So he sneaked off down the road to Love’s little piggie house and crawled up real close and all of a sudden, he had himself a brainstorm moment. He pretended to be Happy, thinking that maybe Love wouldn’t recognize him as Fear if she thought he was actually Happy.
But Love saw through his thin disguise and laughed at him until he sat down in defeat. And she wasn’t afraid of him, because she was grateful he had helped make her and her friends stronger. So she asked him, “Fear, what do you most want in your life?”
Fear said, “Well, Love, I’m really hungry! I’d like to get a bite to eat”-
And Love said, “Nope, that’s not it. What do you really want?”
And Fear felt her compassion and true concern and looked deep into his heart and he said,”I’m so lonely, I just want to be accepted and have friends like you and Joy and Faith.”
And so Faith, Joy and Love had a meeting and decided that there was a big enough place in their collective heart for Fear too. So they invited him in but made him promise to do a job for them. Fear’s job is to let them know when danger is afoot. Fear sounds the alarm when something is wrong, out of balance or truly dangerous or unsafe.
And once Fear’s message has been heard? Love, Joy and Faith take over from there, and Fear goes back to snoozing in the shade with a nice, full belly (not full of pork though…). He’s truly happy now, and they all lived happily ever after.
What are you most afraid of?
Fear is at the heart of all our misery, imbalances in relationships with self and each other. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of loneliness, fear of not living your life to the fullest and fulfilling your purpose, fear of dying with your music still inside you…
Fear can take over your life and imprison you, when you don’t understand Fear’s true purpose.
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put into every heart.” – Rumi
Don’t let Fear stop you from following your heart. Make friends with Love, Joy and Faith, and go out there and make a difference.
My guest this week on The Real Dr Doolittle Show™ is author Teresa Ann Winton. We’re talking about coping with pet loss, and I know her story will inspire you as well as touch your heart.
Wishing you and your fur kids much love, joy and faith, and just a little fear to help empower you to live your best life,
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” — Woodrow Wilson