All of us start life with a clean slate and an open mind. At birth,
the window to the world is open before us. A world filled with
endless possibilities where anything and everything can be ours for
the taking. Many are blessed with parents who are loving, understanding,
patient, and encouraging. So what happened along the way?
Much like Jacob Marley, we began to make a chain with the imagined fears
flowing all around us. We latch on to the fear of Poverty passed on to
us by those loving parents with all the “We don’t have the money” or “Money
is evil”. Adding to the chain is the fear of criticism because we are told
“What will others think?” On and on it goes as we grow to add new links of
Hills states, “An unsettled mind is helpless. Indecision makes an unsettled
mind. Most individuals lack the willpower to reach decisions promptly and to
stand by them after they have been made, even during normal business conditions.
During periods of economic unrest such as the world recently experienced (may
I say still do) the individual is handicapped, not alone by his inherent nature
to be slow at reaching decisions, but he is influenced by the indecision of
others around him who have created a state of "mass indecision."
The state of worry is just six basic fears being translated through indecision.
So, what am I to do:
To release myself from the fear of death, I decide to accept death as an inescapable
event. As the Wiseman Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes chapter 9,10.11 “All men (and
women) will die.”
To drive out the fear of poverty by just choosing to decide to get along with
whatever wealth you can accumulate without worry.
I choose to place my foot firmly on the neck of the fear of criticism by deciding
not to worry about what other people think, do, or say. “It is none of my business
\what others think about me. My only business is what I think of myself.
I have decided to accept old age without fear but as a great blessing that carries
with it wisdom, self-control, and understanding not known to youth.
When the fear of ill health stirs the world around me I understand my body, listen
to wise counsel and face all symptoms with an open mind.
With any loss of love whether by choice or not I have chosen to embrace life alone
alone without love, if that is necessary, yet know that God who gives love will open
the door of love when the time is right.
“Kill the habit of worry, in all its forms, by reaching a general, blanket decision
that nothing which life has to offer is worth the price of worry. With this decision
will come poise, peace of mind, and calmness of thought which will bring happiness!”
My thanks to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for shining the light of truth in exposing
the poison that all fears and worries bring to life and how to cast them off.