“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. ‘Eleanor Roosevelt
Fear is an emotion that I have been actively working on overcoming in recent years. I realized that fear has the ability to completely immobilize you, or it can mobilize you to take action. It’s intention historically was to mobilize you to keep you safe. i.e. Run away from the tiger that was about to eat you.
This message really got drilled home to me, while working with people that were struggling to move their lives forward. When talking about their troubles, I noticed that they appeared not to hear anything beyond what they feared. You could sit and offer them another way to look at their situation and would walk away knowing that they had not taken in what you said. They appeared to be completely immobilized. I thought perhaps it was just being stuck in a rut, until I heard the term ‘Fear is a mind killer’.
‘Fear is the mind killer’ simply means that the more afraid you become, the less you are employing rationality in getting out of a bad situation; that your fear is overpowering your capacity to think.
I knew that fear mobilized me, and that I tried to put on a brave face and meet it head on. But I also knew that I still felt it and didn’t let it move through me so that I was rid of it. So, I have been paying attention to when I feel the fear growing and I acknowledge it, let it go and decide to have faith instead. Faith that I can accomplish whatever had invoked the worry and see a successful outcome. It has worked wonders. I feel more peace, calm and a clearer understanding of when I don’t have control over a situation.
They say that fear is becoming an epidemic in today’s society. And I look around and don’t wonder why. It is being used to manipulate and control us. Fear makes us the instruments of Power. When we are afraid, we obey. Politicians and media are using it to control what they want us to believe to an absurd degree.
‘Be afraid of those that are not like you’
‘Be afraid that they are taking your jobs away’
Everywhere you look, those in power are trying to sway public opinion by using Fear to Control.
And yet I am encouraged by those that are standing up to it. The young people who had endured a truly fearful situation, with yet another school shooting. They Courageously banded together to stand up against the system that was not protecting them. I watched in awe and pride in them as they banded together to say … No, we refuse to be fearful!
We will take control of the situation, and if not immediately …. ‘You need to know that we soon can vote. We soon will have our Power! ‘
I listened to this message, and it renewed my faith. Faith that the vast majority of us want what is right and will band together to tune out the fear.
And on this Easter weekend, that is all about Faith. I suggest we might want to consider exchanging our Fear for Faith.