Face your Fears: Part 3

According to Joseph Murphy, the author of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, a newborn baby has only two basic fears, the fear of falling and the fear of sudden loud noises. This means that we are all born with two basic fears and these fears are perfectly normal. All the other forms of fear are abnormal. They were caused by particular experiences or were passed along to you by parents, relatives, teachers, and others who influenced your early years. I guess my fear for the Isuzu lorry, the Caterpillar and The Brothers of Destruction was caused by the ‘horrifying’ influence they had on my childhood.

Fear is an individual’s greatest enemy. It is behind failure, sickness, and bad human relation. Millions of people are afraid of the past, the future, old age, insanity, and death. But behold! Remember, fear is of only two types – normal and abnormal.

One of the greatest ways of facing your fears is putting into practice the Law of Substitution. The next time you find yourself beset with an abnormal fear, you should make it a point to move mentally in the opposite. Simply put, if you fall sick – desire health, if you are afraid of failure – give attention to success. Remaining in the deep end of fear will only make you suffer stagnation not forgetting the accompanying mental and physical deterioration. We are always reminded that if we want to overcome the fear of failure then our dreams and desire for success should surpass the fear of failure.

Look at your fears. Subject them to the light of reason. Moreover, learn to laugh at your fears. As they say, laughter is the best medicine. I must say that laughing at the design of the Isuzu lorry made me overcome my fear of it. You will agree with me that the design of this lorry is kind of funny. What made me overcome my fear of the lorry with finality was that one evening as my brother and I were walking home from school, we were given a free ride.

The driver’s name was Boy, a dealer in sand and ballast. I remember when I alighted upon reaching my destination he said,

Enda ambia mama ni Boy amekupea lift leo.”

I did as I was told and since then, well, I must say I intend to acquire the old model Isuzu lorry and probably join the construction business.

So the next time you spot a rugged old model Isuzu lorry loaded with heavy building and construction materials, with its engine chiming accompanied by ungovernable coughs similar to those of a patient suffering from a cold, as it ‘struggles’ to drive by, acknowledge it! It is simply one of the best inventions ever in the automobile world.

Face your Fears: Part 2

The second attempt involved using an 18-wheeled long truck. Wow! Let me just say that by this moment, my fear for cars was real! How now? The moment the truck pulled up at the accident scene, I could not help it but my heart just kept on pounding hard against my then feeble sternum.

”Woi mama yoooooo!!!!! Mama saidia!!!”

I do not know how it happened but all I remember is that I let out these loud screams. The scream was primal. It had a raw intensity to it that told of urgency, of desperate need for protection. The mama being referred to here was nowhere close and I then became scared the more as an adult would be in the forest at night.



The old model Isuzu lorry that I feared.

Image Credits: Courtesy

Each moment I came near an old model Isuzu lorry, I could not stop my heart from pounding hard. At other times, I felt like letting out the usual mama yoo saidia screams. The worst case scenario was when that lorry was loaded with bags of charcoal. Oh my! You never want to know how horrified I grew. You do not even want to know the terrifying imaginations that clouded my mind. I could not help but imagine myself being trapped beneath its wreckage in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident. My fear for this lorry model reached the crazy levels, crazy here meaning that I even feared a lorry well stationed in a packing lot!  This fear was made worse when the night drew close. Some nights were scarier. From walking in the dark with the imaginations of The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane)  in my head to sleeping at night and dreaming that the old model Isuzu lorry was on my case!


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But as they say, it takes time to overcome some things. As I grew older and as I saw more of these old model Isuzu lorries, I came to appreciate it as one of the greatest inventions ever in the world of automobiles. The reason I am saying this and I know you will agree with me is that, in your day to day life you never miss spotting them driving by unless you live in a top class estate.


The DURABLE old model Isuzu lorry that is used for ferrying construction materials by those in the business.

Image Credits: OLX

In my case, I spot them carrying loads of sand, ballast and construction blocks. Some are old as KMJ and some are ‘new’ as KAB (note this plate registration is kind of old in Kenya). They are preffered for their durability by those individuals in the construction business. I guess appreciating them as one of the most impressive inventions did good to help me overcome the fear. Moreover, through a vigorous process of unlearning what caused my fear for these automobiles helped me face my fears. Well, as it is known FEAR in its positive meaning stands for Face Everything And Rise, I guess my time to RISE had come.

To be continued…………….