Are You Afraid?
I’m afraid right now and I’m assuming most of you are, too. The difference for me? I don’t let fear win because moments come, and moments go. I’ve always embraced change, the same as many of you. I believe most of us embrace change, as long as it’s good change that we’re in control of. Unfortunately, the recent changes we’re experiencing are out of our control and leaving everyone uncertain as additional changes are happening quickly.
I know all too well this time is not about me, my family, or my friends that I love. It’s not about our health, our businesses, our relationships, or our finances. To me, this time is about discovering who we really are when we’re forced to adapt to uncertain, unstable changes whether we like it or not. Things are moving fast right now, and these changes are going to happen with or without us.
For me, tears have been coming, often in the middle of the night when everything is still and silent. I’m afraid but I will keep living, keep believing, keep inspiring, and keep trusting that God has better plans for all of us on the other side of this. I believe that channeling my fear into generosity, love, and patience will help heal my hurting heart and lift those around me.
We all struggle with the fear of the unknown, just at different degrees and stages. Some of the tools I use to combat my fear are writing short lists of what I’m grateful for, taking three to five minutes to offer kindness or encouragement to others, and writing short cards to those who are sick and elderly. Each of us can benefit from good news during the week and this is my way of helping to spread it. As we come into this need to be home, I’ve created a daily schedule for myself which is helping to lower my anxiety and feel more in control. The other part of my day that helps bring me peace and serenity are my times of prayer which I feel we all need now more than ever.
The Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference,” has been running through my mind on a loop. It’s helping me remember that this time is about being our best and giving our best to others even on the days we might be feeling our worst. I’m comforted by knowing that nothing is more contagious than goodness, kindness, and love. Not even a virus.
This week, I encourage you to lift your family, your neighbors, and your community by lending a helping hand. Whether your helping hand is making a store delivery for the elderly, writing thank you cards for those who need them, or simply offering gentle words of kindness, it will make a difference for someone who may need support now more than ever. It’s up to each one of us to decide how we show up for one another in times of need; be the person someone else needs today!
Wake up with Wonder and Discover something new ; )
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
How will you spread goodness, kindness, and love today?
What are you afraid of? What is one positive step you can take to help ease your mind?
Does fear bring out the best or worst in you? How do you use it to make a positive impact?
Are You Afraid?