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Fear and Faith

We sometimes act on impulse. Emotions drive us to do so. We tend to let feelings govern our behavior. When our emotions are too powerful, our mind becomes overwhelmed. And rational thought loses contr...

We sometimes act on impulse. Emotions drive us to do so. We tend to let feelings govern our behavior. When our emotions are too powerful, our mind becomes overwhelmed. And rational thought loses control over our actions. When this happens, we succumb to unthinking behavior.  And very often, we usually regret the irrational actions we commit.

Fear is a very powerful emotion. It is part of our human programming for survival. Whenever we are threatened, fear is our first unconscious reaction. Fear and anxiety often go hand in hand. Anxiety is fearing something that may or may not happen. What are our greatest fears? What possible realities do we believe we will be unable to face? What things in our lives do we fear losing? What horrors lie hidden deep within the recesses of our mind?

We often do not wish to think about what may happen. But when the threat becomes real, sometimes we are driven to sheer madness. Everything else loses significance. And all that remains, the only thing that consumes our thoughts is fear. And this forces us to act. It drives us to do things immediately in order to rid ourselves of this fear. It makes us believe that we must act now, or else. But sometimes, the things we do because of fear border on the unethical. We may be driven to lie or to cheat or even to steal just so that we may avoid what we fear may happen in the future.

When this occurs, we forget that there is a Higher Power at work. When we are faced with problems, we often wish to act immediately to find solutions, whether good or bad. We fail to realize that Divine Providence is ever present. We tend to disregard the limitless power of the miracles He can perform. Fear is the absence of faith. When Divine Providence calls us to walk on water amidst the raging storm, we must focus only on Him and not be distracted by the uncertainties of life. His power is so great that whatever storm threatens our very lives, He can calm it. But for us to receive His blessingBusiness Management Articles, all that is necessary is that we ask. All that we need to do is believe. And all that we must have is patience.

 

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Frederick Fabella, PhD is a research director, a dean and a graduate and undergraduate professor in the Philippines. He is an editorial board member of the IRP international research journal and a Fellow of the Royal Institution Singapore. He is the author of Transcendence: Essays For Personal Reflection. His blog can be found at Meanings and Perceptions.



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