Fighting Fear

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds and it is all we talk about this month of March. Yet, fear of the virus is worse than the virus itself. In the US, the death toll as of March 17 is 91.

That’s it? 91 people over the course of 2 months? More people died today from car accidents, cancer, and other diseases unrelated to COVID-19.

Fear makes you do stupid things. Perfectly intelligent people with IQs higher than mine, when gripped with fear, will do dumb things they would not do. Why? Neuroscientists will tell you that fear triggers the fight-flight reflex. Your brain’s higher functions shut down and your focus becomes narrower. You are so focused on the danger that you miss everything else.

There are plenty ways on how to fight fear. Whether you channel it, ignore it, or recite a prayer, you can fight it. I’m going to add be grateful to the list.

Here are few things:

  1. I am thankful for my friends Ryan and Corrie. I met this husband-wife duo only 2, 3 years ago at church and I am so blessed by their friendship. We did not know each other then, but our paths crossed in 2014 when we were at the same concert at Refuge Church HB. A Hungarian gospel choir had stopped by.
  2. I am thankful for being able to travel to the countries I have been during those times when I did. Either that country was open for foreigners, or in that time in my life, I was able to afford it and also my work schedule permitted it.
  3. I am thankful for the good weather. It rained last night. The sun is shining again and the clouds in the sky are gorgeous.

If you want to fight fear, start with being thankful. I would encourage you to write down 3 things each day you are thankful for.

Secular scientists are now catching up with the Bible taught 2000 years ago- that gratitude, not wealth, leads to happiness.

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