We’ve reached a new month; a month of fall colors, of falling leaves, of pumpkin carving, of candy comas and scary movies! As we continue this year’s journey of finding freedom, today we’re starting a new month on a new topic of looking at finding freedom from fears. Fear is a big topic because it’s something everyone can identify with. Maybe your fears are more like that of a child, fears of monsters in the closet, of not having someone to play with on the playground, or getting cooties from your new desk partner. Maybe your fears are more anchored in real-life events, like fear of abuse, drowning, death, or money. Whether your fears have a basis in reality or imagination, they can play a big role in your life. We’ve got a lot to talk about with regards to fears this month, but I wanted to start off with an important lesson that may seem like it belongs more at the end of the month than the beginning. But I wanted to talk about it now because I think it’s important to make this the foundation of our discussion.
So what’s the foundation for our discussions on fear this month? Simply that there is more to life than the fear that may be controlling you even this minute.
Fear is about the past and the future, it’s not about what is going on right now. But there is no future without what’s going on right now. If you’re so busy trying to live in the past and/or the future you’ll never get to the future because you haven’t used today to its fullest. You can’t do anything about the past, but the future is built on each and every choice you make today.
I won’t argue with you today on the details of fear, instead I want to encourage you to embrace today. We’re at the start of a new month, a month that is filled with possibilities and opportunities. Choose to embrace the day that’s given to you. Look around and see the beauty and potential in the world, not just the problems, fear and heartache. If you’re willing to see more than the fear, you will.
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” Thich Nhat Hanh