I just finished watching Captain Phillips. It was a fantastic movie and really great acting.
I don’t know if you have seen the movie, but one of the things that stood out to me during the movie was how fear changed attitudes, people, and the decisions they made. After the pirates had made one unsuccessful attempt at taking over the ship, one of the crew on Captain Phillips’ ship said, Captain, they’re coming back. At once fear started spreading in the room. It wasn’t helping.
Later when the pirates were surrounded and running low on food and water, a couple of the pirates let fear get the best of them, and they started fighting each other. It wasn’t helping either.
There have been many times in my life that I have been scared and fearful. I was worried when we were getting low on money and I didn’t have work. I didn’t know what to do or how we were going to pay the bills. The fear I felt was so real. But it almost paralyzed me. If I had listen to my fear I would have given up, and I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Other times I have felt fear when trying to learn something new, start a new career, leaving familiar waters, stepping out of my comfort zone, not really sure how things would turn out. I have read enough to know that fear is a killer, but still it is not easy to always keep believing.
There are many great tips and suggestions on how to keep fear away. I’ll just mention two that help me every time.
1. I can’t control the circumstances, but I can control me. I make a conscious decision to fill my mind with thoughts of faith, to think positive, to look for the good, to believe in solutions, knowing that in the end things will work out. They always do.
2. Fear adds fuel to the fire. Being afraid and worrying never helps, and is never the solution but only make it worse.
No matter what you may be going through, don’t worry. Believe things will work out. They always do.