What's Worrying You?

Everyone, it seems, is worried today. This is, after all the age of anxiety and, in our daily rounds, it’s even fashionable to discuss how bad things are. It’s likely that we’re not even certain of what’s real anymore. There’s a lot to worry about!

We’d all like to be rid of that anxiety, and fast, because it stands in the way of all we try to do, including leading a fuller life. Yet we know it’s ever present and although we can tell our self that it is illusory, just like shadows which disappear when the sun is covered, it’s become a factor that can’t be ignored.

The remaining option is clear: we need to learn to manage it. In reality, It can serve us rather than the alternative which is to allow it to dominate us. Acknowledging its power gives it the right to dictate our responses to challenge. It does have energy, true, but it’s our choice as to whether that energy is to be applied to building our false or material identity or to affirming our greater identity – the whole iceberg versus only that part that is visible above the waterline of our material being.

Fear is not real, but it is influential. It is not, however as powerful as love, which is its complement, and which is real. It’s better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness, as my sainted Scottish aunt would remind me. In every situation I’ve ever faced, there’s always been a tiny grain of love and all I had to do was to find it, focus on it and spread it for the situation to improve.

I will not permit fear, worry or anxiety, to define me or my perspectives – the way I frame my world. That is my choice, and although it takes a little courage to stand up to the specter that is fear, I will do this until the fear dissipates – as it always has!

I want a fuller life and giving in to fear, worry and anxiety, will stand in my way, and this is simply not acceptable. I need to grow and develop if only because the alternative is living death.  My weapon of choice is love and I’ll use it to cut through the fog of fear.

This is wisdom as I see it.

What about you?

Author

  • David E.C. Huggins

    David Huggins has fully enjoyed a lifetime of experience as a military officer and as a behavioural scientist, supporting businesses and similar enterprises, at both organizational and individual levels, through leadership coaching. A contemplative Christian, he is devoted to contributing love, value, comfort, and continuity to this diverse world. He resides in Campbellville, Ontario, with his lovely and talented artist wife, Judy.