Fear and happiness do not go together. They are like water and oil. Some people, however, do combine them when they become afraid to be happy. Have you ever known a person who has a wonderful chance to fulfill a lifetime dream or opportunity and the person immediately becomes afraid he or she will not achieve his or her goals and ambitions. The person will often say, “I am afraid to be happy!” If ever there is a self-defeating sentence, it is “I am afraid to be happy!” A better sentence is, “I am afraid not to be happy!”
When I was working on my Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, I taught freshman college English. I always told my students that it took 68 muscles to frown and only 13 muscles to smile, so why not conserve energy and smile! (I may have the number of muscles wrong, but I know it takes a lot more energy to frown than it does to smile!)
Smiling and being happy give us the energy to achieve our goals and our desires!
I know a young lady who has a crush on an outstanding young man who has a crush on her, too. She would love to have a date with him but when he asked her out, she turned him down because she was a afraid they would not make it as a couple so she destroyed their chance of a possible future together just so she wouldn’t get hurt! Does that make sense? She destroyed all chance of their potential happiness just so she wouldn’t get hurt!
The next time you have the chance to be happy, latch on to your dream and never let it get away from you! Give yourself the chance to be happy! Don’t rob yourself of the chance to be blissful just because you are afraid! Go for it! The dream you save just might last a lifetime!