Take a deep breath and look around. 

The world is still spinning, birds still chirping, the air still circulating and feeding your lungs. There is nothing in the present moment that will hurt you or harm your future. 

Unless you choose to make it so.

In the present moment you are safe and free from harm. All your fears are mere speculation about the future. Wisps of movie plots summoned by a mind too familiar with history’s darkest moments. Insights shabbily based on worst case scenarios.

No matter what you fear will happen, the future will make its own decisions. Fate has never been based on projections that arise from one’s own insecurities. 

Currently our chief scary thing

That is not to say bad things will not be coming at you, or that your insights into human nature will prove false. Whatever is meant to happen will happen. Bad people will inevitably do bad things. Greed and selfishness will undoubtedly breed bad behavior. Much of it, if tackled before it grows unmanageable, can be avoided or lessened. But the future will come whether you wish it to or not.

If it helps, keep in mind that we are not living in a time of exceptional or unprecedented danger. Other Americans have faced larger challenges and unimaginable threats. We do not face annihilation of our race or way of life, as did the innocent and woefully outnumbered native Americans. Nor are we—present invective aside— poised on the brink of a devastating civil war. So, yes, the Union still stands. Albeit a little more shakily after the events of last week in Washington.

You would do well to live in the present moment, as much as you can. It is only there that the concerns about the future can be met with appropriate action and words. Whether it be joining a political campaign, writing letters to newspapers or educating yourself about what is really going on.

Perhaps even writing a blog post…?

You are not wrong if you judge our country and its leaders to have lost their way. The evidence is too overwhelming to be denied. Nor are you wrong to have concerns about where things will lead.

But rather than lose sleep about the fate we are heading towards, act now while that fate can still be shaped.

And, please, don’t forget to breathe.

6 thoughts on “TO YOU WHO FEAR THE FUTURE.

  1. Norm

    While your message is meaningful in terms of people not losing their minds over the potentially disastrous path that Trump, the conservative’s puppet, is taking the nation, the democratic political party, who are currently in office, needs to be made aware of the old saying, “fight fire with fire” . It is extremely relevant at this point in time since their opponents on the conservative right just, in essence, voted to allow our criminal president to avoid all charges. Also, and very important, are these life time federal judge appointments that Trump has already gotten into courts across the country that will be with the nation for many years to come and they are not forward thinkers. The fear is that that they will take the nation backwards as well as strongly favoring the wealthy over the middle class. The big message should be, Vote,Vote, Vote, if you value your freedom. I we all get out and vote there is hope to dump Trump.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      Norm: I can’t argue with what you say, but as you pointed out, my message was meant to help people deal with the crazy reality we’re living through. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Paul

  2. Philip Stone

    Good thoughts and very timely but I fear it’s worse than we fear. The hate and invective expressed over the entire Trumpist twitter sphere (and I mean his followers), and through Faux, OANN, Breitbart, and Judicial Watch is so rabid and violent that I do fear civil unrest- whether Trump wins and especially if he loses. They do not even take winning with grace- look what they are doing t Mitt Romney for his conscience vote which cost them nothing in the end. And they will move, in some manner, against Schiff et al whom they have already branded as liars, conspirators, criminals and scum. The Super PACs and the extremely wealthy think that they can contain and control him but to me it’s 1933 all over again. Keep in mind that the National Socialists were NEVER the majority party.

    1. Paul Steven Stone Post author

      I wrote this piece because my fears were getting the better of me. I agree with all you say, but I refuse to let them keep me up at night anymore. I will do everything I can to prevent things from sliding into chaos and violence, but will not lose any more sleep if I can help it. Good to hear from you, Cuz!


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