There is a reason that FDR said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said this because, as we have witnessed in these past weeks, fear creates its own reality. Above all, it creates more fear— a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In the words of Jesus of Nazareth: "Fear is useless. What is needed is trust” (some translations say “what is needed is faith.”)
What does fear feel like? And how do we know we are in its grip? And once we know, how do we turn it around?
CLUE 1: Fear is held in the body.
Whenever I listen to the godawful media worry or imagine the possible outcomes in the election I feel it in the pit of my stomach. That the feeling. FEAR.
THAT is what fear feels like, at least for me.
CLUE 2: What I imagine.
When I am afraid I worry and imagine the worst
I am more easily manipulated
I obsess over polls
I work on the wrong things, I stall or I get cynical or even give up
The Antidote: ACTION
For me, the best antidote to fear is action. Action
empowers--especially action based in insight and compassion. Do what is
mine to do. Reach out and love. Get outside. Love Earth, our
community, our place. Love people who are not like me… who themselves
are terrified. Make a point to take very good care of myself.
Faith moves mountains… so let’s move a few. Time to VOTE and then let's get to work on renewing and restoring our communities and our beautiful life-giving planet.
Dare to Dream... a NEW STORY for humans on Planet Earth
In a recent movie: Tomorrowland, the question was asked: "When did we stop imagining a positive future for ourselves and our world?" When did we believe the insanity that the future would be bleak and there is little we can do to change that?
What we dream and imagine we can create.
So despite the challenges humans and our planet face together, let's choose to re-imagine that we can create a positive future for ourselves, one where humans live in right relationship with the living systems and with each other.
This blog celebrates those who are imagining this -- a new story--and who are embracing their own creativity and finding a new way forward.