Finding Peace in Crazy Times
I don’t think that anyone reading this will disagree with the idea that these are crazy times. As I read articles and scroll through my social feeds, I am witnessing a filtering of sorts. Some people are numb with fear. Others are searching for a deeper meaning in events as they are transpiring. And some continue to feel the whole coronavirus pandemic idea is being overblown. It’s clear that each of us has our way of dealing with uncertainty, but I think the most important goal right now is to stay out of fear.
A few months ago, the phrase “no fear” popped into my head as I was driving. My mind played with it as I drove, and by the time I got home, I realized that no fear is an acronym that tells us what we should do when we experience fear. I recorded a six-minute video for those who prefer to receive their information that way, but I will synopsize for those who prefer to read. I apologize that this is not my best writing! Honestly, this concept is more natural to speak than to write.
N = A new perspective. Perspective is a beautiful thing. A change happens when you are willing and open to seeing and understanding fear from a different viewpoint.
O = Opportunity. This downtime period presents us all with a moment to take a breath, help someone less fortunate, and pull together as a group to rise above a current situation. I know so many people who have been saying they wish they had more family time. Use the time as wisely as you are able.
F = Freedom. No matter what the situation, freedom is a mindset. Stick with me because we’ll get a little deeper into this thought.
E = Evaluate. This piece is big. Right now, there is so much misinformation and disinformation being disseminated by so many people who are not evaluating the information by first checking the source to see if it is credible and has no political bias.
A = Apply. Upon checking the source of information, you may find a bit of calm because you are taking action on your own behalf. You can apply what you’ve learned through your research.
R = The letter “r” stands for several things. First, when you take the time to evaluate, you are moving out of emotion and into using the rational mind. I have some well-respected friends who are knee-jerking out of fear and sharing untruths. You may be finding the same. Next is responsibility. Each of us is responsible for our own thoughts and reactions in these situations. By being responsible, you are respecting your family, loved ones, and friends. These are the people who mean the most to you. By using your rational mind, taking personal responsibility, and thereby respecting them, together, we can rise above the drama created by both social media and media outlets. Check your sources. Take charge. Now THAT’s freedom.