Pitch Black and his minions are closing in. The dark antagonist demands of the assembled troop of children, “Don’t you believe in the Bogey Man?” One of the boys lifts his chin and proclaims, “I believe in you, but I’m not afraid of you.”
Furious, Pitch charges at the kids, but when they stand their ground, they turn his black dust to magical golden sand. The Guardians and the children watch in wonder as the sparkling sand spreads hope all around them.
This children’s movie Rise of the Guardians reminded me of the importance of facing our fears with courage. We believe in the “bogey men” of adulthood — unemployment, cancer, loneliness, pain — but we don’t have to live in fear of them.
Fear can immobilize us. We can’t persevere if we are frozen. Like the children in Guardians, our hope and our joy have to be more potent than our fears. Then we will be transformed.