We constantly live in fear. Sometimes we fear failure but at times we are even secretly afraid of success. The old English proverb, ‘Do your best and leave the rest …’, tells us not to be obsessed or be over expectant about results.
Life begins with the fear of sharing toys with siblings and others. Then comes the stage of being terrified at the very thought of going to school, the bullies in the school etc. And, who can forget the fear of examinations!
There is the stage of ‘storm and stress’ (as Stanley Hall calls it) – the age of adolescence: a complete package of all sorts of fears, apprehensions, doubts and endless worries. Then life brings you at crossroads and you have all the apprehensions about joining another institution for higher institution.
A shift from school to college or university is seen as a big shift in life. Once education is over, fears encircling us are those related to getting a decent job.
This vicious cycle of fears goes on endlessly. The fear of losing someone or not having someone you want, the fear of being beaten or the fear of accepting victory with the expected grace, fear of leading a good life or the fear of death, fear of telling lies or the fear of speaking the truth, the fear of not being able to see the new horizons or the fear of venturing out in search of those new horizons. This is how life goes on. We live in fear and die with it.
And then the most important, offer to the Almighty the prayer ‘make me thine’. These three magic words can work wonders. When we are ‘owned’ by that Supreme Power, we leave it to Him to fulfill our tasks.
It is after this submission to Him that we gain confidence. It is only then that we can confidently second William McKinley’s thought, “Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness and peace to all…”
And all will be well with you and the world.