Imagine you are an eight-year-old girl in 1939. The country has survived what would be called "The Great Depression." Your family, however is not persisting. Your alcoholic father drinks away all of the money your oldest brother brings in for groceries. In this atmosphere, you evolve the fears of a child into aFEAR OF POVERTY that you carry into adulthood, even when your circumstances no longer warrant it.
Hill said, "This fear paralyzes the faculty of reason, destroys the faculty of imagination, kills off self-reliance undermines enthusiasm, discourages initiative, leads to uncertainty of purpose, encourages procrastination, wipes out enthusiasm and makes self-control an impossibility."
Your mother dies that year at the age of 38. No one will tell you the reason she is not there for you anymore. At 38, you have a FEAR OF DEATH so strong that you are convinced you are going to die, as well.
Hill states, "This fear is useless. Death will come, no matter what anyone may think about it. Accept it as necessary, and pass the thought out of your mind. It is a necessity, or it would not come to all..."
Your father cannot care for seven children, so you and your four youngest siblings are sent to an orphanage. It is a very hard life. Matrons in charge of you constantly reprehend you. Other matrons in charge of your baby brother are abusive, and you literally try to kill one of them more than once to help your brother. There is no positive feedback in the eight years you are there.
This brings a FEAR OF CRITICISM and the "what will people think" syndrome. This was passed to your children with much earnestness.
Hill remarks,"The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, takes away his self-reliance, and does him damage in a hundred other ways."
This is a story of my mother. It has taken me a long time to overcome these, one at a time. The biggest thing, in addition to these, I have had to overcome is the FEAR OF ILL HEALTH (along with the FEAR OF DEATH).
Whether I feared ill-health or not, it came anyway. I was blessed that the worst came t a time that I was actively working with MENTORING FOR FREE.
Thank you Micheal and Linda for providing a service needed by me and so many others, to Bob for being truly a "MENTOR WITH A SERVANT'S HEART," to Nathan for always being there and encouraging me, and to all who speak up on the calls. I learn so much from you. God bless all.