When I first heard the theme for Vision’s Camp 2013, I was impressed. It seem like such a strong theme – that of conquering fear with such an abstract concept as hope. Fear is so palpable, one must but begin to think, or see that which perturbs them and suddenly it is present. Fear can change us, and break us. It can poison the hearts of men, and weaken our resolve until we act like beasts, reacting senselessly to our immediate environment. How can such a thing be conquered?

Love conquers all things, and love has many, many faces. As we discussed this week, and as we dove into the depths of ourselves, we discovered that which frightened us and then we looked past; we look into Hope with which we can truly conquer such a terrifying master as fear. Hope is the theme in nearly every epic that touches our hearts. Hope is like a candle that banishes the darkness, and no matter how small that flame is, it will make light. Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel that grows larger as we go towards it. Hope is the future.

When we consider that our fears exist only here and now, and there exists a time yet to come, we can see that hope is the vehicle we use to get to that time. It can guide us to the most unlikely of possibilities, and when we follow it, we can change our entire lives. To those who have fear, I urge you to Hope for more then this. Strive for that time when you will be stronger, and hold on to that vision. With that, fall in love with all the things you can accomplish, and become that person. You will see as you press forward that you will conquer all your fears.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

 – – Litany Against Fear, Bene Gesserit
      Dune by Frank Herbert

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