Hakuna Matata 740.2

Even as we enter a second decade after the 9/11 attacks, fear remains one of the most destructive legacies of terrorism. The further we get from the fire and dust of the decimated twin towers and the damaged Pentagon, the more evident it is how many ways fear amplifies the impact of the attacks.

In moderation, fear can be a good thing, warning us of dangers and inducing us to resist urges to be rash or reckless. The problem is, fear has no perspective. People who let fear control them subject themselves to the throbbing torture of continuous anxiety. They allow happy thoughts, pleasurable feelings and hopeful dreams to be strangled by a growing vine of angst. They imprision themselves with worries that prevent them from traveling, assembling in large crowds, or spending money.

Fear is useless and irrational. As Leo Buscaglia put it, “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” And most of the things we fear never come about. In a year, do you think you will even remember all the things you were so worried about today?

Glenn Turner tell us, “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” The roots of anxiety are deep. But like weeds, they can be removed. Perhaps the Lion King’s strategy is better. Hakuna Matata!

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 5

  1. I like this blog because it says that fear can cause you to imprison everything you hold dearest to your heart, which could sap the fun out of your life.

  2. I think I can relate to what this is saying, as far as not letting fear rule my life. For me I am not scared of what I know but what I am unaware of. (If you have the time, please right back) Being envoloped in fear is no way to live, It hink waht people must do is live their lives to their standards and beyond, although it may sound and be hard, it almost always pays-off as I have found out. We only have a certain time here on our Earth, so is it a curse or a blessing to be here? I think neither but both as without all the plentiful food we would suffer but without it we would also see where all of us go in the long run, well most of us anyway. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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