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How to Break the Spell of Fear

When you take control, you break fear’s spell. The concept is simple, but is difficult to accomplish because fear is the ultimate enabler. I saw that clearly when I went blind.

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Time Is Dead by Estée Preda

Today, being blind does not scare me. It hasn’t scared me for more than a decade. I must remind myself that this aspect of my existence, which is like any other as far as I am concerned, stands out for others like a baby on a battlefield—and is terrifying to them. I have to remind myself that years ago I, too, was terrified.Of course I can remember the fear. But I remember it the same way you might remember cowering in your bed at night as a child, frightened of the monster under your bed. You now understand there never was a monster, that your fear was irrational, self-imposed, the product of your imagination. You can recall feeling terror back then, but when you lay down tonight, you will not be afraid, not of nighttime monsters, at least.That’s how I feel about blindness. It is the monster that didn’t really exist. Odds are that you find this hard to believe. I understand every detail and every practicality of blindness. I’m an expert at being blind. It is familiar, comfortable, normal, routine. Still, you likely don’t believe me when I tell you it isn’t that bad. I’m the exasperated parent, stomping …

Isaac Lidsky played “Weasel” on Saved by the Bell: The New Class. He graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He transformed a struggling $15 million concrete subcontractor into an industry-leading $150 million business; and founded Hope for Vision. He lives in Florida with his wife and four children. This article was adapted from Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly, by Isaac Lidsky. © 2017 by Freshly Squeezed Citrus, LLC. TarcherPerigee. Learn more at

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