Updated: Feb 23, 2022
Can you imagine a hostage situation? We have heard stories, read articles, or watched the news about such incidents, and that often leaves us feeling scared. We can’t help but wonder what the hostages must be going through and if they would be rescued and how. We also become increasingly cautious and protective of our loved ones. We check in on them and try to equip them with knowledge and tools for their safety.
Similar to a physical hostage situation, we often find ourselves being held hostage by our minds.
When we are faced with crises and seasons of unexpected events or disappointments, we kidnap
ourselves from the people that we truly are and allow fear to take over and cloud our minds. We bury a part of us deep in our unconscious mind and fall prey to fear and self-doubt.
“How will I? I can’t! I won’t be able to! How will I ever…? What will people think? Why does this
happen to me? WHY? WHY?”. We begin to wander in a state of hopelessness, worthlessness, and helplessness. Fear has a mentally and physically crippling effect. Sounds paralysingly relatable? It is definitely overwhelming. With our minds constantly feeling fear, we start to develop a condition called FEAR PARALYSIS. It slowly starts to cast a shadow of doom over our most basic day-to-day functions.
After years of running from my fears and failures of life, I soon began to realize how we create
this horrifying image of fear in our minds. How we give fear the power it has. Yes, “fear” is a
completely natural and necessary response to an overwhelming situation. It is, after all, the way we are designed. However, there comes a point in your story where you have to recognize and identify that voice that has kept you down and under, time after time. You have to release your mind from being a hostage of fear and find yourself again. You have to check in on yourself and equip yourself with the knowledge and tools that will keep you safe.
Our minds have a way of making us believe things that aren't true. Fear makes us run away from our problems by not allowing us to step up and save ourselves. The fear-induced mental dialogues deceive us into being trapped in a world within our minds making us feel like we are beyond help. But truly, the reigns are still in our own hands. We can either live life feeling stuck, trapped, and suffocating from the inside OR discover our truth. Take back the territory that has stolen you from yourself.
You matter!! Your inner peace matters!! How you speak to yourself matters!!
To release yourself from fear, you have to Discover your truth! Analyze, evaluate, process and pray
and then come to terms with yourself to know what you are willing to fight for and what you are
not? What you can tolerate for the next years of your life and what you cannot? Equip yourself with
the courage to step up and change the things you can, make peace with what is beyond your control, and the knowledge to differentiate.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is acting despite fear”.
It all starts with a conscious effort to change the narrative. You don’t have to remain a hostage to your mind. Once you learn your truth, you are then free to choose your path. Your truth will carry you and build you. You are stronger and more resilient than what fear makes you believe.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”.
We are, indeed, powerful beyond measure. We have to learn to harness the light within us to truly
move forward. On these broken roads, you may not have all the answers, but build courage and be the vision for the life you are called to live.
Getting over our fears takes hard work, persistence, and patience. Having someone to talk to and trust always helps keep us grounded and it also provides the encouragement to keep us going.
Remember, you are not alone and you do not have to do this by yourself.
So, I want to ask you, what is your story? Where do you want to see yourself? What is the support you need?