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Fear of the Future

Mostly Unwarranted


So many of us have times in our lives where we fear the future. Here, my animals talk about that:

Makia, my pure white cat, says, “A lot of people that I know and love fear the future. They are worried about so many things that have not happened yet. I find this to be silly because the only thing you can control is the moment. I like to think of the future as gifts or rewards for your actions in the present and past. So if you look at your life and you think that you have been living wisely and happily, the future can only be perfect and good.”

Laura Stinchfield
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Laura Stinchfield

Serafina, my gray cat, says, “Sometimes I worry about the future — like having surgery. To me that is very scary. But I know something. I know that my heart is healthy, and I know that I feel strong in my body. I also believe that I will live to enjoy more of earth’s sunshine. If I go to heaven early, I will be with Joey (deceased cat brother) and Maia (deceased dog sister). I will not be lonely. Death is not to be feared. People fear change because everyone creates patterns, and if that pattern is broken it feels strange; but sometimes the patterns are better than before, so it is important to think of the future with optimism. My surgery will go smoothly, and my mouth will feel better. ”

Bean, my bunny, says, “The only time you should fear the future is if a decision you are about to make really doesn’t feel right to you inside. Then you should fear the future and take that fear to make positive changes and make better decisions. I acted on a bad decision once, even though my stomach didn’t feel good when I made it. I got to change that decision, but it took a year. It was a long year. During that hard time I kept imagining a bright future. You know what? I have a great present now, so of course I will have a great future. I have nothing to fear, and if I do feel fear, I will look at it to see if it is a false fear or a real fear. Some fear is good. It keeps you out of danger.”

Luca, my young poodle, says, “I used to fear meeting some people, and now I don’t fear people because I have learned that most of the people I am around are good. Some dogs fear me, and I think it is because I am too rough with the little ones. That makes me sad because I hurt their confidence. Sometimes I should fear my own actions if I don’t make good ones, or think about my behavior’s effect on others. When I think about my behavior, no one needs to fear me, and I don’t need to fear the future or the moment. I believe I am always safe. I don’t know what I would do if I had reason to be scared. That would be sad. I do know if you transform fear you get to be more confident, and you feel better about yourself. I have done that in the past. It feels good.”

Stormy, my Aussie, says, “Sometimes, when you have odds up against you that makes everyone fear your future, it is important to get to know all the facts and then just rest for a moment. When you rest, you can realize that your life is what you created. I love my life. I have something going on with my health that I could choose to fear, but I don’t fear it. Because every moment alive is a blessing, and when you are dead you are still alive. That is true. Also when you have a lot of knowledge, you and your loved ones can choose to think about really positive things. The surprising thing about that is, all of a sudden you have more positivity coming your way than anyone ever imagined. That makes me feel great. Life is what you believe. Fear of the future is something everyone has at some point. If you stay in it, it will destroy your every moment. If you transform fear, it will make you more powerful wherever your spirit resides. I am happy. I am Stormy.”

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