Fear of the uh... Known
The popular saying known to many is ‘Fear of the unknown’. I however, have a different fear, a fear of the known. I am not particularly afraid of what is yet to come; I am afraid of what already exists. Because the future has yet to be determined, there is a chance of turning the fears of today, into hope for tomorrow. Fear does not have to be a bad thing, in fact, fear can act as a motivator, but it can also act as a hindrance. What we fear and what we choose to do with our fears can have an enormous impact on not only our own future, but the future of others.
~ An unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.
~ Anxious concern.
~ Reason for alarm.
Any part of the definition is a feeling we can all relate to. At some point or another in our lives, we have felt moments of fear and we have dealt with them, whether facing our fears or running from them. The world around us, our environment, generates and continuously contributes to our fears.
Do not live in fear!
I am not normally an easily frightened person and sometimes, ignorance is bliss. Yet, fear has dictated my behavior on more than one occasion. After the attacks on 9-11, everything changed; I was almost afraid to live because I feared dying. I barely had my first child and found myself responsible for keeping another life safe in a time and place where safety was threatened and maybe out of my control. The thought of not knowing if or when the next attack was going to happen left me very anxious, always looking over my shoulder and afraid to go very far. I remember a beautiful, sunny fall day. I laid my son down for a nap and coincidentally find myself taking a nap as well. I woke up startled by what I thought might have been ‘another terrorist attack’, windows rattling and a God-awful loud sound of some engine or motor. I shot up like an arrow, swinging my arms and pulling the curtains aside, only to realize, after getting my wits together, it was just the train coming through the village. It was at that moment, when the fear dust settled that I realized I could not live like that.
Fear is inevitable. Fear should never be ignored, nor left unattended, it should be approached as a form of positive motivation in response to a negative issue. Face a fear, overcome it and move on. Simply fostering a fear but taking no action will result equally, in no reaction. Running from a fear is counterproductive as it will not go away but always be just a step behind you.
So many of us are guilty of the bystander effect, when dealing with fear. We acknowledge a problem but don’t know what to do with it and so we do nothing at all, while hoping someone else will stand up and do something about it. Imagine if we were all guilty of this… there would never be a change. Someone has to do something, so why not everyone do something.
My biggest goal is to turn hatred into love.
Here's one way :
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Everyone has personal goals, regardless of how important those are to the people around them. Goals are a good thing but how fulfilling or rewarding would life be if the only goals we strive for are goals that will only benefit ourselves? We need to have goals that will inspire change; goals that will affect people, not simply a sole person. What you do is up to you and it doesn’t matter how big or small, doing something will result in something. Each act of kindness, each attempt to change, will add up and snowball. Imagine if we all shifted gears and started working as a people, each, doing one small thing to make a difference. A lot of small equals big. I’m ready for a change! You?
"The World I Know"
Has our conscience shown?
Has the sweet breeze blown?
Has all kindness gone?
Hope still lingers on.
I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don't know why.
Are we listening?
Hymns of offering.
Have we eyes to see?
Love is gathering.
All the words that I've been reading
Have now started the act of bleeding
So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below.
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down.
'Cause it's the world I know.
It's the world I know.