Fear of the Unknown


Many of us are facing the possibility of layoffs right now and a lack of job stability often breeds fear.  So what do we do?

We can reach out to others, use our phone lists, go to more meetings – talk about the fear.  The fear is neither right nor wrong – it’s what we do with it that matters.  A mentor of mine taught me to address the fear with the question, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”  Next he asked, “And then what will happen?  And then what will happen?”  When I answered those questions, the unknown that was driving my fear became known and some or all of the fear subsided.  It always works.

Regarding losing our jobs, in most cases what will happen is we’ll have a severence package, and if we haven’t found work by the time that ends we are blessed to have unemployment, and during our job hunting we can appreciate the additional time with family, review our career goals and perhaps shift our path, meet many new people on our new job search and perhaps set a little time aside to just be if we have been focusing too much of our life energy on work.  We may end up with a job we like much better.

The rest, we turn over to God as in Step 11, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, asking only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.”

     – If you find this helpful, pass it on to others.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I do work that I love.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

Course In Miracles Lesson – In quiet I receive God’s word today.

Practice – In quiet I receive God’s word today.


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    Chaz said,


    Since being in a program of recovery, I have been approaching fearful circumstances like those you mention in entirely different ways than I did previously.

    I used to dread and fear the future. If I could see something I thought was coming my way that was ominous, I would be consumed for days in anticipation of its arrival.

    Like your topic of potential layoffs, if I heard the economy was slowing, I would get fearful and consumed with dread for what lay ahead. I would become useless in today because of my dread of tomorrow. This was an agonizing and unproductive way to live.

    One new thinking pattern I learned from an old friend who had been a businessman his whole life. He was mentored by a legendary businessman in our city back in the 1950’s.

    The mentor had a deep connection wtih God as he understood him. When seeming catastrophe struck in his life or business, his response would be,

    “Won’t it be fascinating to see what God does with this situation”.

    He would then get on with is responsibilities as dilligently as possible without panic or anxiety. Invariably, the situation would work out. I may require is focus, it may not. He could surrender it to God then wait for what God handed back to him to handle, if anything.

    In the mean time, he just did what he believed his responsibilities were for the moment or day and got on with it.

    At first this sounded naive, simplistic and juvinile to me. But I have been using a strategy like this for a couple years now and it is unbelievable how well it works.

    I rarely dread things anymore. And I spent a lifetime dreading tomorrow for my entire adult life.

    I think a similar approach can be applied to the current economic downturn. We don’t need to dread it. God can do something fascinating with it if we surrender it and remain willing to do our part in the unfolding of his plan.



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