Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 33 comments

 be you! (I know about what I'm saying)
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"Of all the liars in the world sometimes the worst are our own fears." ~ Rudyard Kipling

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Jannie Funster July 4, 2010 at 1:34 am

Hey, Lance I know this to be very true. Any time I’ve ever been afraid to do something yet plunged in anyway, I look back to see the fear was really never to fear — a good thing to keep in mind as I continue try new things.

Happy 4th! Hope you and yours will have a fun one.
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Suzie Cheel July 4, 2010 at 1:43 am

I love both the saying and the image- Yes if we did all just be and believe in self there would be no fear.
Happy July 4th
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fatima da July 4, 2010 at 2:24 am

Thanks Lance, sometime fear can be the most crippling disease…Happy 4th of July
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Lynn July 4, 2010 at 4:18 am

Rudyard Kipling was a smart man, as are you, Lance. For me, being fearful sometimes feels like a hurdle to jump, but it always turns out OK. 🙂

Happy 4th!
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MizFit July 4, 2010 at 4:48 am

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Joyce at What Would You Do In Heaven? July 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

They say that 99% of our fears really don’t come true, no wonder they’re liars! Yet we listen to them again and again, forgetting how courage saw us through. Hmm… tricky tricky. Maybe we could learn to practice courage more often so we’ll be able to remember it deeper and forget it less often.


Jay July 4, 2010 at 5:40 am

Fear is the opposite of love and faith. It’s the root of all evil in the world. If we are to evolve into better people, we must master our fears and the anger they cause. The key to mastering our fears lies in knowing which ones are valid, and which ones are “damned liars”.

Thank you for this quote, because it helps us see that not all of our fears are valid. Once we can tell the difference, we can heal ourselves and our world.
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Dave July 4, 2010 at 5:43 am

Lance, being me sometimes gets me in to a lot of trouble… but it’s fun.

Have a great day my friend!!
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Jules - Big Girl Bombshell July 4, 2010 at 6:27 am

Just Thank You!
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Joy Tanksley July 4, 2010 at 6:33 am

OOOOH! You know I’m all over this one! LOVE IT! Gangaji says that at the core of any negative feeling (sadnes, anger, jealousy, anxiety, whatever) is fear. AND when we feel our negative feelings WITHOUT telling stories about them (the lies) – just feel the pure feeling – it disappears. We find there’s only energy left. I love that. And love you! Happy INDEPENDENCE day!


Colleen July 4, 2010 at 7:16 am

Nice image! Happy 4th of July Lance. 🙂
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ClinicallyClueless July 4, 2010 at 7:27 am

I absolutely love this message. One of the things that is continually focused on in my therapy is “be.” Be present to current my thoughts, feelings and actions without judgement.
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Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations July 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

this is great and so True. yet…still…I have some very real fears. fear of heights, snakes and roller coasters to list a few. But…but then again… fear of speaking in public, being in a play or making a fool of myself trying something new and failing miserably. We all have something….and try as I might to be brave and work through my fear…nothing has enticed me to pet the skin of a snake yet!yikes!!!!! I have gotten on roller coasters, and I pity the poor souls who have had to listen to my screaming next to me while I “worked through my fear and stepped into my courage” 🙂 yeah…and now they need hearing aids!

Happy 4th of July!


Evita July 4, 2010 at 8:10 am

Ha! Great one Lance! Cute photo too 😉
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Tess The Bold Life July 4, 2010 at 8:20 am

Hi Lance,
Happy 4th and I hope your running is going long and strong;) Love the quote and the photo as well!


Natalia July 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

Oh boy as a recovering people pleaser I know how true this statement is!

Thanks for sharing it Lance! I hope that you have a very happy 4th with the family!!

Natalia 🙂


Joe Wilner July 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

I’m slowly learning to alleviate unecessary stress an worry, by realizing most worries never come true. I try to stay in the mindframe that everything is exactly as it should be. This helps to maintain a grateful and inspired attitude. Thanks for the thought!


Jody - Fit at 52 July 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

Love the pic! The saying.. so true & one of my worst probs!

Happy 4th to you & your family!
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Lori July 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

Happy 4th, Lance!
The photo is awesome, and quote, too.
One thing that I like about you most is your ease and comfort with yourself. I never feel you are trying to be someone else. You are YOU and no one else can be YOU. Keep up the great work, Lance the Lighthouse.
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brandi July 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

heee!!! love it!
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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker July 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Happy 4th of July to all. Rudyard Kipling is one of my favorite authors from high school English class. Fear is the absence of love. Courage is being afraid and doing it, whatever it is for you, anyway. Fear has been one of my greatest teachers. I should have said, facing and overcoming fear has been one of my greatest teachers. Loving myself means letting go of all of those fears that used to run my life. See all of the thoughts that your wonderful Sunday Thought For The Day started in my head. Thanks for the inspiration. I always look forward to your Sunday posts.
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Uzma July 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thank u for that wonderful quote. Always thought of letting go of fear, not worrying about them, finding their roots etc. But I like to think of them as liars now, more fun 🙂 . The photo u share as well, lightens the worry we have of fears. Nice change in perspective. God bless


Jill July 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

So true, very cute pic 🙂
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Evelyn Lim July 5, 2010 at 12:52 am

Fear can paralyze me into inaction. I try not to pay too much heed to it. Just a few minutes ago, I told myself that I am thinking and overanalyzing my options…I ought to just press ahead!
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Angelia Sims July 5, 2010 at 7:39 am

Fears held me back for a long time. I have still have those days of being paralyzed, but knowing I can just be, gets me through them.

Great quote and picture!

Hope you had a wonderful and happy fourth with the fam!
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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord July 5, 2010 at 7:54 am

What a well timed post in my life, Lance; thank you (and my gosh, you do find the best quotes!).

I don’t quite have words to say right now, but wanted to let you know that this post touched me.

Wishing you a beautiful and FUN week!


Lauren @ Team Giles July 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

Amazing quote. thanks for sharing it Lance
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Keith July 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

Hello Lance!

There’s a lot of truth wrapped up in that statement. I know from my own experiences, that most of the time, fear was not being truthful.

If we can bust through fear, we’ll usually find that we were afraid for no reason at all. 🙂

Thanks Lance!


Lance July 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Your words are all very meaningful to me.

Fear is an interesting thing – how we can let it hold us back, when we listen to that voice speaking to us. And yet, when we move beyond these fears…when we choose not to listen to these “lies”…there is so much good waiting for us. And that’s even when things don’t go as we might like – there is still good there.

Some days…this is easy for me…and other days, not so much. So, this quote, and all that each of you have shared – these words land on my soul.

Much peace.


Davina July 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Belated Happy 4th of July, Lance.
I took the day offline, so I missed this one. As soon as I read the quote I popped over to Twitter to tweet it. Lol at Dave’s comment. But… hmm, I wonder how much trouble we get into by not being ourselves, too. Pondering that now. See what you’ve done? 🙂


Hilary July 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

Hi Lance .. fear is just a hoop – it needs to be jumped through .. and the sooner it is done – the easier it will be and life can move on and not be held back. We need to face the fears and realise it’s just a hurdle .. it will pass, or be knocked over, or jumped over .. but it’s easier to jump it and move on. Lingering with fear is stressful to say the least ..

Thanks .. enjoy the week .. Hilary
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Mindful Mimi July 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

How true. I have always wondered where our fears come from. Why do we have them? How do we come up with them? Is it genetic? Is it personality? Is it education? I’m sure it’s a bit of all of that. But there are no classes in school that teach you life lessons, are there? There are no classes that coach you (for free) to grow. Why is that? That would definitely take away a lot of fears in people.
Or maybe they should make a law that obliges people to be themselves, or else… 🙂
I have only recently started being myself. And I still struggle sometimes. The fears creep back in. The insecurity, what other people might think (God forbid!)… And after some coaching by my husband and Christine Kane, things became a bit easier. All kids should get this! 🙂 Let’s start a petition!
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Francesco July 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

Simple and effective.
Thank you for sharing,
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