Pipe bombs, migrants fleeing their countries heading to the United States, the stock market dropping, and story after story in the news about violence on a daily basis. These headlines capture our attention and cause us to feel fearful.
Sometimes the headlines make us feel like we just want to pull the covers over our head and stay in bed all day, but we can’t cave into this fear. Do we need to be vigilant? Yes. But you can be vigilant without going into the fear.
The first thing we can do to get out or stay out of fear is monitoring our thoughts. Are we allowing our thoughts to spiral into a litany of fearful stories we are making up or are we taking control of our thoughts and focusing on what is, not what might or might not happen?
Fear does have its place. If you find a pipe bomb in your mailbox then fear is an appropriate response. As is calling the authorities.
But one-sided media reports (from either side) or short-term drops in the stock market may not be good reasons to go into fear. If things like this cause us fear, it’s because we are letting our thoughts run wild with stories of some potential disaster, which, almost all of the time, never happens.
One way to get out of fear is to go into gratitude. We all have something to be grateful for, even on our toughest days. Every morning I list several things that I am grateful for, that I love because love is the antidote for fear.
Yes, love is the antidote for fear.
No matter what was happening in the world, when you first fell in love, or held your newborn child or grandchild, or got kissed by a puppy or kitten, all you felt was love and when you feel that deep sense of love, fear is completely absent.
Fear cannot exist with love, and one thing I know for sure from helping people escape their toxic corporate jobs is that once they leave their jobs and have the ability to spend their time doing what they love, their life improves and usually in all areas.
Doing work we love makes us happier, and when we are happier we tend to have better relationships, better health, and more abundance in our lives.
The bottom line is that love transforms us so let’s do everything we can to live from a place of love, not fear. It will make a huge difference in how we experience our life going forward. This has certainly been the case for me, and I’m not perfect at it, but I do make a conscious effort, each and every day, to spend more time living in love than in fear. The result of this has been that life is amazing.
My greatest hope is that it is for you too!