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  • I worked with a woman from Chicago many years ago in a small town in the middle of the cornfields of northern Illinois. She was a case manager and had to visit families with foster children who lived around the area, which meant driving by a lot of cornfields. She had this desperate fear of cornfields, that someone would jump out and grab her and do terrible things. My comments to her were, what about the dark alleys in Chicago, to me they were really dangerous as I had never heard of any incident in this cornfield area of anyone jumping out of a cornfield to grab anyone, but you did hear about things like that in Chicago.
    The cornfields made her so nervous and upset that she finally decided that she was moving back to Chicago and she turned in her resignation. About a week before she was to move back to the city, she was driving down a back country road and she ran into the back of a big slow moving corn picker. She wasn't hurt, but her car was totaled.
    If we are dwelling in awareness as much as possible, we are watching our thoughts and our fears so that they don't run away with our mind. Then we will not draw to us what we do not want in our lives.
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