Heart Over Sanibel..photo by Susan Dintino

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in a better condition.” Hafiz

I once heard that a survey showed that people fear public speaking more than death.  Not sure if that is a true statistic but I do know that it used to scare the heck out of me.  But when the Universe seemed to be constantly placing me in situations that required me to public speak I realized this was a fear I would have to overcome.  The first time it happened was when I was asked to speak in front of over 100 people.  The mere idea of it had me grabbing a bag to breathe in. I almost backed out but I would not let the fear win.  The day of the speech when my name was called I was handed the microphone and started my talk.  At first the microphone was shaking so much I thought it was going to jiggle right out my hands but as I talked and got a few laughs from the audience I began to relax and the fear disappeared.  When it was over I was so excited and very proud of my accomplishment.  I was thrilled fear had not stopped me and although I still get nervous before each and every speech the good vibes more than make up for it.