Friday, July 31, 2009

Faith Over Fear

There’s a certain calm one experiences when one knows he or she has made the right decision. Even if he or she struggled in order to make that decision, peace comes when the decision is right. Peace remains even if there are elements of uncertainty about the outcome of that decision.

I believe that, unfortunately, our general society is fear-based. The news tells us the economy’s bad, so we hang on to jobs that make us miserable. The fear of being alone causes us to dwell in toxic relationships. We stop eating Oreos because we’re told they may kill us.

As a result, we’re afraid to take leaps of faith. Having faith in a greater power (God? The Universe? I don’t know, but I do know something’s out there and it’s a lot bigger and better than any of us) only leads us to those leaps of faith and to welcome change when it occurs.

So how do we get to that point of faith when struggling with decisions? I’m no expert, but I know that sitting in silence (prayer or meditation – we all have our own thing) is a starting point. Doing a bit of homework helps, too (after all, the aforementioned greater power shouldn’t be expected to do everything for us. I think that power likes it when we take some initiative).

We must come to know our true selves, our true passions, and allow that power to lead us toward living as we’re truly meant to live.

The fear disappears, and we can make decisions and make changes that will only allow us to thrive peacefully and positively…and to enjoy the occasional Oreo.

Beth Newman
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