Monday, April 13, 2020

Like most of us, I try to take appropriate preparations when serious storms – like the one we are experiencing today – are in the forecast, but I sometimes forget to get myself ready for troublesome “mental” weather. It’s interesting to me that I seem more concerned about high winds than about devastating thoughts, and yet the thoughts can throw my life into far worse disorder than the wildest storms. Thoughts filled with fears can bring bedlam to a life faster than any storm, and the effects of these stormy thoughts can last a lot longer than downed wires and damaged homes. I sometimes set out flashlights and candles for coming storms, but how often do I shine the lights of clearness and poise inside my mind when I see worries working their way toward me? The scariest storm can be met with calmness and confidence, and fear, as menacing as it may be, can be taught a lesson about human daring simply through clear and untroubled thinking. Easy to say, hard to do, but when fear and peacefulness meet in battle, the latter will take the trophy — always.

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