You know the feeling. Suddenly, out of the blue, you have a thought about your finances or your health or your relationship and worry arises. You feel it first in your stomach and then it kind of tingles its way through your extremities and then it comes up your spine and settles into your mind like a dark, ominous cloud. The very next thought you have starts with the words “What if…” and you know that fear has made another assault.

You know how to repel this assault. You should. You have been fending off these assaults all of your life. You have taken in good advice. You have read the books. You have done the work. You are well prepared to fight back but…do you? As you prepare to fight back, there’s a little voice that says “You can’t fight against the truth. There is some truth here. Let’s explore it further”. And you have succumbed. Now all you want to do is escape. Fear is winning because you forgot.

Fear is an acronym for Forget Everything And Run. When you give up fighting and take off blindly running, you always run into the darkness instead of away from it. It doesn’t have to be like that. When those awful, familiar feelings start to surface, fight back by opening the floodgates of gratitude and prayer. Find a joyful thought. Think about who you love. Think about the kind people who have helped you. Remember your heroes , your dreams. Have faith and know that it is within your power to be happy and joyful no matter what thoughts are assaulting you because you do indeed have a blessed life. Don’t run. Stand strong and say to yourself “I AM LOVED”. Fear can never win if you just breathe and remember that.

(c)2011 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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