Fear without understanding mutates into hatred. It makes us construct hierarchies of validity and importance. Our fear that we may someday find ourselves at the bottom of these hierarchies fuels the fires of isolation and hatred. We then separate ourselves from each other even further through violence, oppression and inaction.
Fear then becomes an instrument of control and manipulation. We use it to justify divisive words and cruel actions. Others use it to sway our decisions in what they perceive to be their own personal favor. But leading with fear never wins.
Fear of being alone, of going without, or of being forgotten. This spurs us on to make choices that are incongruent with the purity of love we are all cut from. Meet your fear with an open heart. Before your mind tries to protect you from it by finding someone to blame for your fear, try to see what message it has for you. What is your fear actually trying to tell you?
Know that you are worthy. Know that you are acceptable. Know that you are loved. When you truly know your own value, you can’t help but see the value in every other human. Having this deep love and respect for yourself is not about vanity or me-time. It’s much deeper, richer and unfailing. This kind of love will be the light of our darkest moments. It is a love that never leaves us, no matter what we’ve done. It is an unconditional love that we all deserve. Take it in for yourself and give it out to others. We all matter.
Much love to everyone. May we be safe. May we be peaceful. May we know our own goodness.