We are afraid to touch the Fear button!
Of course we are afraid of the wrong things. We are humans and there are lots of things to be afraid of these days, such as poverty, crime, pestilence and much more. And if you need any help finding a few more, then just pick up your local daily newspaper, turn on the TV or radio; they are filled with crime, fires, fears and tears.
However, some people really go the extra mile and start getting scared of things that should even be on your list of threatening things.
We are afraid of things such as getting into our cars and driving to work because of the high number of accidents. Never mind that the statistics clearly say that driving a car is much more dangerous than being on a plane, that if we were meant to do anything, that probably did not include racing at 60 miles an hour on asphalt.
Are we afraid of the wrong things? Yes, we are! We are afraid to buy clothes in the stores because we are afraid that we will spend the money and only wear it once. But we should afraid be afraid of corruption and crime. We are afraid to speak up for ourselves and raise our voices because we are afraid of what people will say. But we should be afraid of could happen if we keep quiet.
The examples can be multiplied almost endlessly, but a regular pattern emerges. We tend to be afraid of things that influence us personally. We tend to be overly impressed by personal stories, either recounted by people we know or broadcasted by talk shows and we don’t know how to interpret those stories.
Do we have a defence against being afraid of the wrong things? Can we channel our fears where they belong? We need to focus on the things that we can do and tell ourselves that we can do it and that we shouldn’t be afraid of anything. The real things to be afraid of shouldn’t make us afraid but rather aware and careful. Don’t be afraid of things, beat your fears!
Don’t hind from the things you are afraid of, face them!
Editor: Roelien Zwart
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