Nothing Good Comes from Fear or Worry

Fear generates worry and worry perpetuates fear.  It is a vicious cycle – debilitating, paralyzing sometimes. Do you think if you worry enough, bad things won’t happen?  Fear and worry are the bad things that are happening when indulged at the very moment.

Fear is imagination run wild.  It is thinking about that which has not happened.  It is worrying about future possibilities and the future never comes. According to Webster’s, the definition of worry is to choke, strangle.  Who wants that as a part of their daily activities?  Worry can affect the ability to progress in our chosen profession.  We’ve all heard the cliché, “He/she choked under pressure.”  In other words, he/she didn’t perform to the best of his/her ability.

I know whereof I speak. Been there, done that. As a member of a high school swim team, I would get so frightened before my event (worry myself sick to the point teammates would do whatever they could to calm me down).  I never won my event.  The coach told me if I would channel all the energy I used being afraid and worrying, to my swimming, I would be able to win.  I couldn’t get over the fear and worry.  I ended up quitting the team because coach wanted me to swim the 800 free and I was too frightened to even try.  Later, I regretted that decision and wished I had stuck it out and overcome the fear and worry.

Life lesson learned!  I have since overcome many fears, face untested challenges, and worry less and less.  I’ve discovered that we grow personally from every challenge and I don’t want to miss out on being a better person.

Fear and worry keeps us from doing our best, from feeling good about ourselves and affects our health.

“The fact is,” says an article in webmd.com/balance/guide, “worrying can affect the body in a way that may surprise you.”  It has been proven that, “Constant worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems.”  The article lists numerous health problems caused by worry.  Some problems on the list may seem minor while others extremely serious, deadly even.

But, it also lists ideas on what can be done to help overcome worry.  One of those remedies caught my attention because I have proven it works — Daily Meditation.  “This exercise can help you move beyond negative thoughts and allow you to become ‘unstuck’ from worries that keep your body on high alert.  With meditation, you purposefully pay attention to what is happening at the present moment without thinking of past or future.”  You are focused on the now!

My own “daily meditation” comes in the form of quiet prayer.  In a book I have been reading, and finding comfort and healing in for many years, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, there is this statement:  “Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God.”

Jesus told his disciples and others he encountered on numerous occasions to “be of good cheer” and “be not afraid.”  He knew, and as a follower of his, I have proven in my life experiences, that the first step in the healing process is to not be afraid or to worry and to trust God.  His counsel leaves us feeling that God surely “has our back.”

No matter what form of quiet meditation one might choose, studies show it has a consistent positive impact on our health.  Whenever I feel the beginnings of worry or anxiety creeping up, I like to remind myself:  I can worry or I can trust God.  It’s impossible to do both at the same time.  Which one will give me the most healthful results?  That’s a no brainer.

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Kate is interested in blogging about health, spirituality, Christian Science, science, the importance of prayer and religion.  She is a Christian Science practitioner and the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland.  She is married and has 4 grown and married children and 2 grandchildren.  She and her husband enjoy hiking, especially with Callie, a Blue Heeler, and riding motorcycles.  She also has the best and most courageous cat, Cleo, who is best friends with a beagle named Maple. 

 


4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this blog. Fear adds to nothing and would wreck everything if bowed down to…all things contributing to dispelling fear is good.

    • Thank you Steve: Fear is a culprit that sometimes goes unnoticed. We have to be alert that fear and worry do not take over our thoughts. Very little can be accomplished when that happens.
      Thank you again,
      Kate

  2. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” Nelson Mandela

    We all have fear and anxiety at times be it related to work, finances, relationships, etc. I can easily relate it to sports because I have seen numerous examples, while playing and coaching, of talented people that could not overcome certain fears. I once had a young man that could throw strikes and throw hard when warming up. Once a batter was there he was unable to throw even one strike. Remove the batter and the control would return. He was never able to overcome this fear and while successful playing otherwise, was not able to pitch. Many sports activities require calmness and relaxation in order to be fluid and effective. Those individuals that can deal with the pressure, have success.

    Whether you are starting a new job, buying a new business, purchasing a house or dealing with physical issues, there is uncertainty. Uncertainty breeds worry and worry breeds fear. Success comes when you fight through those challenges.

    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

    • Hi Mike:
      Thank you for the profound comment. Those that have overcome fear, worry and anxiety know whereof you are speaking. Obviously Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill were very familiar with overcoming fear, thereby proving its impotence.
      Kate