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,