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Fear Can Sabotage Your Life

Deacon Janenne Irene Pung

Deacon Janenne Irene Pung

Tom grew up in a warzone. Nobody was safe inside the walls of his “home.” While young, he began making excuses for being out—activities, work, whatever. Instead of going to birthday parties and playing sports, he hung out on the streets, hiding the truth.

While out and about, though, he wasn’t searching for something better. He was simply living life on his terms.

“I don’t need anyone. Dreams were stupid.” His attitude was as dark as home.

Though everyone considered him tough as nails, he secretly saw himself as damaged goods. This was the hand he’d been dealt.

Fear as a way of life.

Tom would say he wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything, but fear was masked by the anxiety of when the next snap would come, when the next session of abuse would leave him feeling hated, helpless and alone.

While younger than most, he moved out on his own. But every time he found something good, he waited for the bottom to fall out.

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