"I am fear.
I am the menace that lurks in the paths
never visible to the eye but sharply
felt in the heart.
I am the father of despair,
the brother of procrastination,
the enemy of progress,
the tool of tyranny.
Born of ignorance and nursed on misguided
I have darkened more hopes,
stifled more ambitions,
shattered more ideals
and prevented more accomplishments than
history could record.
Like the changing chameleon,
I assume many disguises.
I masquerade as caution.
I am sometimes known as doubt or worry.
But whatever I'm called,
I am still fear,
the obstacle of achievement.
I know no master but one.
Its name is understanding.
I have no power but what the human mind
and I vanish completely
when the light of understanding reveals
the facts as they really are,
for I am really nothing.
You see, if you have the courage to
acknowledge your fears,
you will be taking the first step toward
instead of them controlling you.
And if you take the next step toward
you will be able to move past them to
empathy. . .
perhaps even to love.