When I am saturated with fear, the BEST thing that works to turn that around is for me to get into a place of love.
Love looks like: gratitude, service, joy, laughter, kindness, compassion, integrity, to name a few.
The backstory: I recently received an email about some would-be ‘terrorists’ on a plane and the American ‘hero’ who stood up to them. It turned out to be a fabricated/embellished story, but that’s not the point.
The point is – the original email was written because we have been living in a time of fear and scarcity. We’ve been going down this path for a while, and we’re saturated. Saturated to the point that lies and embellishment have now become common currency. Yikes!
[I actually think the email was sent with the best of intentions. When I read between the lines, I hear: “I want you to read this – I’m sending it to you because I love you, and I want you to be safe. Be informed.” That’s actually a pretty nice feeling. ☺]
Back to the point, though: as a society, we’re scared. 2001 changed our lives forever in America. As a result we’ve become more divisive, insular and easily triggered by situations that activate our limbic system (fight, flight or freeze). I get it. I’ve been there.
So here’s what I want to say to that:
(don’t spread fear)
It’s important to be informed, yes. But, fear begets fear and only adds to the saturation we’re already experiencing, thereby not allowing our nervous system to catch a break. So, this is about a choice we all get to make on what we want to give our energy to.
Do you want to spread fear? Or do you want to spread love?
I could have easily deleted the email and moved on. Instead, I chose to research its accuracy and write back. My hope and intention was to stem the tide of fear by interrupting it. Once interrupted, I can introduce something different. Something joyful. Something fun, loving, and kind. We all have that choice. 🙂
Today, I choose to Spread Love. Join me?