What do we do about fear? The most important question to ask ourselves is how likely is this event going to happen to me and/or my loved ones? Is there something I can do to protect us? In many instances we can. September is emergency planning month. Numerous websites are available for learning what we would need to have or do. Keep your pack close to your front door or in your car(s). If you have more than one vehicle, plan for each one. One hint I learned several years ago is have a pair of walking shoes for each family member stashed in the trunk. (Never would have thought about it.)
But I am not writing this blog to exalt preparations for a major event, although I encourage us all to give this our attention. Being ready with a plan to leave your home could save your lives.
But what about the daily fears that mess with attention, energy, and create mind clutter? I was inspired to address fear from a book written by Tim Storey in Comeback Beyond. Fear has become a way of life for many. Not that we cannot find many reasons to have fear, but trepidations may not be warranted.
Storey’s advice calms the fear monster. Yes, many are distressed about the upcoming presidential election and the outcome. Yes, losing one’s employment requires action, but preparing for the possibility by taking action updating resumes, lowering unneeded purchases, and saving for a cushion are being proactive. The FEAR can be shelved as fear, (small fear.)Storey advises, “Have a comeback plan.” Then let it go.
Fear can become habitual—over anything and everything. Our unreasonable/statistically unlikely fears, steal our day to day lives and keep us from moving peacefully ahead.
Storey defines FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real. Thank you, Tim. Let’s reign in the fear habit and live our lives as New Yorkers do. Step up and step out!