In Kenya, the Rev. Timothy Njoya was attacked one night by a squad of seven assassins. They cut off his fingers, then sliced open his belly. As he lay on the floor, he began giving his treasures away to his attackers: his Bible to one, his library to another.
Njoya’s generosity so moved his attackers that they rushed him to the hospital.
“We can harness our would-be fears,” Njoya says now, “harmonize our energies, and channel them into courage.”
With that in mind:
Old thought: Fear means “Danger! I have to turn back.”
New thought: Fear signals that it might be better to move forward.
Old thought: “If I stop what I’m doing, I’ll be lost and will never start again.”
New thought: Sometimes, we have to stop and find our path.
Old thought: “I have to figure everything out before I do anything.”
New thought: “We don’t have to know we can do something; we can try.”
Old thought: “If I act on what I believe, conflict will break out.”
New thought: Conflict means engagement.
— Adapted from You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear, Frances Moore Lappe and Jeffrey Perkins, Penguin.