It’s not very often that someone tells you they “fear for their life”.

Unless of course, you work for one of the security services or hang out with gangsters, criminals and informants.

I would rather not tell you who said this to me the other day but what I can tell you is this, fear is a horrible thing. I have written about it on different occasions and probably mentioned how someone once said publicly that it is simply an acronym…

False Evidence Appearing Real

Very often that is exactly what fear is.

But what about when the evidence is right in front of your face and IS very real, not merely in appearance but in substance?

What do you do then?

Some of us run (physically, mentally or emotionally).

Some of us slap ourselves and face it down – confident that we can do this thing.

And some of us pray – in whatever way we can – and truly hope that some divine assistance will be more real than the evidence in front of us.

I have to tell you my friends, that despite lots of training, more swimming than I have done in the past few months than in my entire fifty years of life on this earth has STILL not enabled me to feel particularly confident about getting into a lake and swimming what for some, would be a mere 400 metres but for me, might as well be the English Channel! ( I actually heard about someone I know who IS swimming the English Channel this Summer and I didn’t know whether to be encouraged or depressed!)

Last Saturday, I got up at 5:00 AM and drove to a lake in Oxfordshire for the one session I could make which is designed as a pre-Blenheim Triathlon practice swim. The coaches were great, the water wasn’t too cold but it is SO very different to swimming in a pool! Forcing my head down into the cold water, unable to see anything at all and trying to avoid the other swimmers is a massive challenge to me!

Here I am preparing to go in…


The truth is of course, I am not in fear for my life at all. I am merely a bit fearful and I have to face this relatively small challenge head on, head up or down in the water and just do it. I have to remind myself that millions of children all over the world, live in daily fear for their lives and this is why I am forcing myself to do this to raise funds to bring that fear to an end for as many of those children as possible.

So, if you haven’t managed to donate yet, please do so TODAY and I will do my very best!

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Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.