I am afraid.
Afraid of what we’re becoming. Every day I read the news or go on Facebook, my fear increases. Am I alone? Stories of murder, rape, kidnapping and corruption every week. It’s scary. I can’t go to the beach, go on hikes or even go to Movie Towne with true peace of mind. The ever-increasing state of fear has negative effects individually, socially and economically. We must overcome this if we are to grow as people, and as a nation.
Maslow said that for us to reach our highest level of being (self-actualization), several of our needs must first be fulfilled and amongst those are our safety needs. In Trinidad we have certain major issues including poverty and unemployment, but the fact that many of our people do not feel secure on a daily basis is a major impediment to our development on a personal and national level.
We all need to wrestle our country back from the demons that walk among us, and maybe more importantly, from the ones that now live in our minds. If we are not at peace, we cannot express our true selves, we will not create endless memories and experiences, we would not pursue our ideas and dreams, and we will become consumed by the thoughts that deprive us of that peace.
I like to live in a bubble.
Disconnected from the dangers and the dreadfulness of our world. It gives me the reprieve that I need to focus on achieving my goals. The overall goal is to create a better Trinidad, and a better world. But I believe, it is essential to first distance yourself from its horrors. Create a safe space where you feel at ease, where your ideas can thrive, where you can focus on developing yourself, and where you can maintain hope of a brighter future. It’s a bit of an oxymoron but we must not be absorbed by all the negative talk; whilst still plotting and planning a way to rectify all of the problems that torment our brothers and sisters the world over.
Worst of all, our government does little to abate our fears. This includes both our fears for safety and the state of the economy. But before we can cure any economic fears, we must deal with the individual ones.
Fear does nothing good for us in terms of advancement and improving our quality of life. Fear drains us of our livelihood, our enthusiasm and our will to succeed.
We are drowning in fear.
It’s sad. It’s frustrating. It’s infuriating.
We have to act. The longer fear exists as the dominating emotion in our society, the further we sink into a slump, until… oblivion! As individuals and as groups, we must strive to create an air of positivity within ourselves and our circles. Silence the cries of fear and hopelessness. Let’s promote peace, security, expression, belief, love, happiness and success. We cannot reach to our highest level of consciousness if we are consumed by fear. We have to work to create an environment where we feel safe and we can live as we wish.
I do not have the answers. Like you, I just want a better Trinidad. But what I do know, is that a combined effort is required. Positivity breeds positive results. A change in attitude, a change in belief, a change in what we surround ourselves with and consume on a daily basis. Be mindful of the fact that what you read and listen to shapes your thoughts every day. Protect your mind from disturbing videos and unsettling articles. Remember that the fear is a shackle restraining you from being the best version of yourself.
Together we can change our country. One thought at a time. One idea at a time. One word at a time. We are all powerful beyond measure, and we can create change- step by step, one day at a time!
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”- Les Brown