Friday, November 5, 2010

Take a Fear, Leave a Fear

We're scared people. We all are. Be it heights, spiders, clowns or commitment, we've all got 'em.

The Take a Fear, Leave a Fear project exists to remind people that it's okay to have fears, worries, and regrets. It's a reminder that we can't do it alone, which is why I need you.

If you want to participate, e-mail your mailing address to saynomorgan[at]gmail[dot]com with "take a fear" as the subject. In a few short days, you'll receive a Take a Fear, Leave a Fear kit. It consists of:

-a bowl
-a pen on a chain
-a pad of paper
-instructions for you
-instructions for the audience
-a thankyou note from me for being awesome.

You might know the whole "take a penny, leave a penny" concept from restaurants, convenience stores, et cetera. Same concept, but not. At all.

The Plan
When you receive your kit, you set it up (using the provided instructions) in a public place. A tree, a community board, a wall, wherever you think it belongs.

The Goal
The audience (i.e. strangers and passers-by) can write a fear, a worry, a regret, fold it up and put it in the bowl. Once you put your worry in the bowl, it's not yours anymore. You're giving it up and letting it go. You're acknowledging it and accepting that it's not yours to fret anymore. If you choose to take a fear/worry/regret OUT of the bowl, you get a valuable opportunity to learn about a complete stranger and what makes them tick/keeps them from ticking. It's a chance to gain a little empathy for your fellow human.

This project might fail. BUT if it does, it will fail awesomely because I refuse for it to go down any other way.

If you'd like to participate in this social experiment, please e-mail your mailing address to saynomorgan[at]gmail[dot]com.

And just in case no one's told you today: You're awesome. Keep it up.

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