Tremendous fear floats around our country and I’m getting tired of feeling its control of people, places and things. I don’t have to live in fear, and choose another way live.
If I turn on any media, scary stuff designed to make me feel something smacks me in the face, and that feeling is fear. You don’t need details of fear because you get the same messages as I receive every day in our culture. Why do we submit to such fear?
Fear is a state of mind. We don’t have to be afraid of anything, and can train our minds not to go there.
For me, fear is the feeling I get because I want something. Fear comes because I can’t control everything, such as what happens to my family, or ugliness around me.
In my reality, the worst things happen to me in the best of circumstances. I have a recent example. On vacation, I got lost by myself in Vilnius, Lithuania for over two hours. I walked and walked, and found myself heading in the opposite direction of where I needed to be. Vilnius is a flat place, so I had no points of reference, except for my map and a street name. I thought I was going south, but I wasn’t, and was completely confused.
I had a choice to either freak out or trust my intuition that I needed to really look at my map and understand where I was. My intuition told me to walk a few more blocks to see if I recognized another street name written in Lithuanian. Night was approaching and it started to rain on me.
There was a street sign on a building wall, and I realized my direction was wrong. I went back down the same street where I came from, made a few more decisions about streets with names I didn’t recognize, and finally saw a name I could recognize. I didn’t lose my cool.
What possible good would fear have done for me at that time? If I had been afraid that I was in danger or would die from my direction, my intuition would have not worked. I wouldn’t have listened to anything but fear.
It doesn’t work to be afraid. I have a choice to do my best and live with consequences.
I learned the lesson to remain calm. I was walking toward my life instead of getting stuck in the ugliness of feeling like I was going to die.
Even if night came and it started raining on me, I would walk in the dark and be wet. Oh well. I could look at what I did have at that moment. I had a map, some money in my pocket, and I could find someone to help me if I had to reach out.
I am not going to buy into the fear anymore. What a life suck it is to try and predict the future. I can hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
If I choose to have faith, then I have a solution that feels healthy. It’s not stupid to believe in intuition.
We don’t know everything, so what’s to gain by being afraid? I choose to believe that I have plenty to gain with faith.
Thanks, Pru – Your reminder came at just the right time.
Great writing, Pru. Very helpful to me with what I am going through right now.