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Thumbs Up!: Five Steps to Create the Life of Your Dreams by Arun Gandhi, Joey Reiman

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CHAPTER 3

GIVE YOUR MIDDLE FINGER TO FEAR

When you give fear your middle finger, you’re telling it to get lost. Only when you lose your fear will you find real happiness. Fear is an illusion and an illness. Reckon with it by leaning into it. This is the only way through it.

Giving someone the bird is an act that dates back to ancient times. It was a gesture that both expressed displeasure and diverted the threat of the evil eye, which is what I had in mind in the hospital when I began to move finger number three. Though my prospects for recovery looked good, I still had my doubts about my future. Will my hand ever be normal? Will I get a job? ...

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