“There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re opposites. If we’re in fear, we are not in a place of love. When we’re in a place of love, we cannot be in a place of fear.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
I’ve learned throughout life that no matter what gets thrown at me or against me, fear always makes it worse. When fear is involved, you can be sure I’m not thinking clearly, I make rash decisions, and sometimes even lash out at the people I love.
For anyone upset about the current events in our country, I get it. It’s scary to see someone you don’t like or trust in a position of so much power. But believe me, fear won’t help. The anger that comes from fear is going to make things so much worse. We can’t change what’s already happened. But here’s what we can do:
1. We can pray. Pray for our leaders to have wisdom and that God will show them the right actions to take. Pray for our neighbors and friends and enemies and that they won’t let fear rule their hearts. There is power in prayer. Not only to change things, but also to change our own hearts for the better.
2. We can love. We can be kind. We can treat each other the way we want to be treated. Let’s set a good example for our children and teach them good values. This should never be left up to the teachers or government leaders anyway – it should be our job as parents to lead our children and show them what’s right.
3. We can stay united. America has gone through plenty of tough times but, so far, it’s always bounced back. Because it’s full of strong people who are smart and resourceful and can work together. Let’s rise up and say that no matter what happens in the capitol, we’ll figure it out and we’ll be okay.
I’ve been through tough times in my life and those tough times have helped shape me…but only because I made the choice to be better instead of get bitter. Yes, things might possibly get worse. Or maybe they’ll stay the same. Or maybe, just maybe, they’ll get better. We don’t have to leave that up to our government. I believe that we all have a choice to help make America great.