Sometimes we get confused about fear and believe that we need to eradicate the external stimulus that is the object of our fear in order to be rid of the fear. Or we believe we need to avoid the object of our fear. That could be a person, an animal or a situation.
Avoidance is akin to inaction. It leads to more doubt and fear. Equally, placing the power of removing the fear outside of ourselves and in another being, removes our own agency to conquer the fear. Combatting fear requires assessing what is causing us fear and then creating an action plan to alleviate it.
If we fear an interaction with someone then we need to take steps to reduce that fear rather than avoid the interaction. We can write about it. We can talk about it. We can ask for help. Those are all actions.
If we fear the hate that feels so prevalent right now in our world, then we need to feel like we are adding to what is generous and compassionate. This means acting generously and compassionately. It means looking for a need and then finding ways to meet it. Confidence and courage are antidotes to doubt and fear.
Let’s find active ways to cultivate confidence and courage in ourselves and others. Then our world will have less fear.