Another inauguration speech by an American president, this time Franklin D. Roosevelt.

And this was the speech that quoted his “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself“. Grim days in 1933 and there was much to fear for. “Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities at the moment” he said also in his speech. And what fear does to your behaviour is Fight, Flight or Freeze.

And yes, there is a choice in Fight or Flight, but these instincts are strong and often it is imprinted in our character. So it’s not easy to do something against your instincts, and it’s certainly not as easy as in the blackboard above.

But after we had time to reflect on it, we should do the right thing. The right thing is not always to fight, sometimes it’s just common sense to freeze or flight. But “Face everything and Rise” is good advice I try to follow. I recently had at work a situation were I had to face my fear. And this time I faced everything and rose. But doing things yesterday is no promise for doing things tomorrow.

We live in a dangerous world right now. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities at the moment. But we should not be lead by fear. There are more people dying from the results of smoking then there are of terrorism. Don’t let terror define your life. We always have that choice.

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