Are you living in an age of fear based thinking?
You’re not alone.
All too often, Americans lead a culture of fear because of their paranoia and mistrust about almost everything, which can include their church, friends, employer, doctor, the manufacturers of products they buy … They have been bitten by the external need for protection -- a security that comes along with absolute certainty.
This whole fear-based environment has affected, or better yet, infected the United States. People know longer want to live with vulnerability and depend on reliability. They don’t want to live on the basis of conviction, and they must know the outcome of everything before it happens. But, from the records of our Treasury Department, it states that the first suggestion we had to build our country on was in 1861 after receiving a letter from a minister who suggested “to recognize and trust in God.”
That’s how we were designed to think. We were actually created to feel, meant to use our intuition, emotions, and seek knowledge through engaging conversation with others. The human mind possess the power to learn, to perceive the mental and emotional activity of the people around it, meaning we were created to trust our own self and rely on a hunch!
Our main source of information should never depend on words or signs, anyway, but always, come from the heart. So, what’s it mean to move forward after a tragedy in the world?
It means we trust in God.
The definition of faith is believing in what you cannot see.
I consoled myself after 9-11 with the belief that the pain and suffering that happens in the world happens in order to bring people closer together, closer to loving one another, and closer to trusting each other. If I have learned one thing about my own faith, it is trusting in advance what will only make sense later.
Here’s some suggestions to help replenish your faith and remember the principals in which this country was built: “In God We Trust.”
Be joyful: One of the keys to knowing joy is happiness. This means you choose a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. Anything can be taken from you at any point, but this one thing can never be taken. Joy is for your own well-being, energized by positive emotions ranging from contentment, and it’s your weapon when fighting life’s battles.
Gentleness: Anger always can be justified, but how you deal with it can make or break you. Relationships with your family and friends are important, but let’s take this a bit further. Because it’s also equally as important to be kind to those whose path you cross, including people in the grocery store, your work environment, or even a stranger on the sidewalk. It’s your duty to always be mindful of your tone of voice and the input you have concerning the space around you.
Be Vulnerable: Let go of the need to have to prove anything to everyone. Part of the risk is emotionally exposing yourself to the pain. But, should you fail or fall-short of the outcome or expect to grow from the experience. This is how we learn and develop in wisdom. Being truly vulnerable is a measurement of courage.
Discernment: The ability to make a clear judgment. At any moment you may have to make a quick, honest correct decision. So, learning to use your physical senses is important. You always should be able to look around at your surroundings and grasp what’s not evident. Basically, you choose to see the difference between right and wrong.
Peace of Mind: Well-versed in quantum mechanics is to understand there is more to life than meets the eye. Just because someone says it, doesn’t mean it’s so. On the other hand, just because someone doesn’t say it, doesn’t make it so. Your brain automatically dictates how you feel by default, so the world in which we live is the energy in which we feel. You have to consciously take control of your thoughts and interact on a level of intelligence. Your own intellectual thinking is your peace of mind.
About the blogger
Stacy Snapp-Killian is an entrepreneur, author, hairstylist, and public speaker. She holds an impressive resume as a recognized member of The Women’s Leadership Movement. She is the personal stylist for Women That Soar Media, providing services to celebrities and talent for events and televised award shows. Stacy has volunteered thousands of hours mentoring adult survivors of sexual abuse suppression, and she has empowered hundreds of men and women to share their story of sexual abuse. Through this process, she has authored two books, Be Beautiful Being You, and her most recent release, The Ten Character Commitments. She is a columnist for two magazines including The One Bride Guide and her “Sit Down with StacyK” advice column is featured in the award-winning GC Magazine. Her columns inspire adults to live their truth through her Ten Character Commitments. To find out more about Stacy, visit www.justuslove.org