Whenever we fly, my kids barrage me with questions about flight. They are ages 9 and 11, and the questions are always the same – all questions of worry for problems that I knowingly can’t accurately answer:
- Is the plane safe?
- Is the pilot healthy?
- Will it be a smooth flight?
- Is this carrier due for a crash?
- Can anyone but Sully successfully land a plane on water?
My response is as consistent as their questions.
- Why spend time worrying about that which we cannot control.
- Focus on the decisions we are able to make – whether or not to board the plane.
- Do not fear the unknown.
Afterall, fear is the opposite of trust. And by default, even though it’s not what we intend, when we fear, we alienate ourselves from the Almighty. In Co-Creating at Its Best by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks, fear is explained as a separation from Source (what they refer to as the Almighty):
“You feel fear because you are thinking in opposition to the way Source is viewing your situation. Fear is just the way you feel when you have a difference opinion from Source.”
Dr. Dyer gave fear an apropos acronym – False Evidence Appearing Real
Of course, a fundamental human need is to feel safe. I, for one, have a fear of heights. But rather than focus on the imminent possibility of plunging to my death, I choose to simply say to myself, “I am safe.” And having recently just stepped off a plane that flew through a tumultuous thunderstorm, which is where and how I got this idea for a post, I can honestly say that it worked – not just for me, but for the kids too.
What we think about is an option. So why worry about the worst? It’s a waste of thought. What we give focus on and intention to is a choice. What you think about, you bring about. So consciously, intentionally, think of the outcome you want.