Facing Fear

Cassandra Tondro, "Sun Kissed," contemporary paintingGreetings Friends,

I succumbed to fear for a moment this week. The synagogue shootings, pipe bombs in the mail, three amber alerts on my cell phone in two days, and increasingly dire predictions about climate change. Sometimes it all feels like too much.

As humans, we’re hardwired to be on the lookout for things that could be a threat. Bad news grabs our attention because it has the potential to be dangerous.

But we have to keep in mind that there’s also a lot of good news that doesn’t get reported. In fact there’s way more good news than bad news, but it doesn’t make a captivating story, so we don’t hear about it.

It takes courage and faith to not give in to fear. It goes against our instinct for self-preservation.

My strategy for uplifting my thoughts is to find things that comfort me. I think of my friends, family and community, and remind myself that we’re all in this together, and I’m not alone.

I seek out blogs, newsletters, magazines and movies that feature good news stories. I remind myself of the bigger picture by going outside and watching the plants, birds, butterflies and stars.

And I surround myself with comforting art — uplifting art, beautiful art, inspirational art.

What comforts you when you’re feeling fear? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.

Painting at top: “Sun Kissed,” 30 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas. Yellows to soothe jangled amber alert nerves and remind you of a bright, sunny, happy day.

With love and appreciation,
Cassandra

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  1. Hello Cassandra, I love your work it is very inspiring and you are multi talented! I couldn’t help but feel your emotions about fear with so much craziness going on in our world. I always find comfort & peace in scripture and my favorite one for fear is “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”… IITimothy 1:7. Always look forward to seeing your new creations!
    Karla

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Karla, and for your kind words about my work. Yes, I agree with you that the ultimate in spiritual awareness is to love everything and everyone exactly as they are. Easier said than done, right?!!

  2. Thank you so much for making me feel not alone,it helps so much.I have allowed myself to become frozen with it this week.You made mr realize I have not been in my studio this week.My studio and nature are my sanctuary so.It has been raining here for three weeks.,I was trying to catch up from spending so much time in my studio and I realize now!I have to turn off the news and go make art.The rest is going to have to wait.living alone is hard sometimes harder this time of year.At 76 I am determined to not give up being a artist and learning new things to replace the things I am no longer do is part of that.Thank you so much for your great art and heart.I feel better knowing that I am not the only one being affected cy our world right now. Donna Lo Monaco

    1. My heart goes out to you, Donna. I know what it’s like to feel alone and feel like everything is falling apart, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I’m here with you. You are not alone. There are many of us feeling the same way. I’m glad you have your art for comfort, and your work is important. Your voice is important. We want to hear what you have to say. Much love to you.

  3. I am so glad you talked about fear. These are hard times for all of us, all ages are experiencing fear. We must just “Let it go”, but only after we pray for healing and peace. We come into the world alone and leave the same, but with love from our friends, family and animals we can get through fear and gain hope for another day.
    My art group ladies have become friends and help me laugh. For a few hours we share only the most positive of thoughts. thank you for your time.

  4. This is a beautiful painting Cassie. I don’t watch the news anymore as it causes me too much anxiety and fear. I make due with what comes across my feeds. I get comfort from animals, doing art and my spiritual practices. I can relate to your friend above who lives alone and sometimes feels overwhelmed with all of it.

    1. I don’t watch the news, either, Joanne. I’m with you — it gives me too much anxiety. All of those problems that I can’t fix, and there’s never any good news. Where is the “good news station?” I would pay for that!

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