People are influenced by primary needs that until fulfilled, can preoccupy us, even influence all of our behaviors. Primary needs center first around physiological or survival needs, such as hunger, and thirst. If we don’t have enough food and water, we can’t survive. Beyond these physiological needs, safety is also a need that is difficult to be left unfulfilled. If we don’t feel personally safe from the possibility of harm, we tend to lose interest in other life pursuits.
When I taught psychology, I would always use this class example; if you could hear bombs going off down the street, and it meant that an army was coming to seize the campus, you wouldn’t much care about the class lesson anymore, or what your grade at the end of the semester would be. Because of the unmet safety need, your focus is on whether it’s better to fight or flee from the impending danger. In war zones, universities don’t stay in business for too long.
Fear can be real or imagined. When fear takes hold of our lives, it stops us from developing. Our future hopes, dreams and plans get put on hold. Especially for those who are in their formative years of development, this state of suspension can be life altering.
Don’t allow fear and anxiety to sidetrack your life. As we look toward election week, and veterans day, we are reminded of acts of courage. Many have fought, and died for the freedoms we enjoy in America. Many brave souls have faced life threatening challenges, so that we could be safe to pursue our hopes and dreams. Real courage is taking action, even in the face of fear. Facing anxiety and fear requires us to continue forward, trusting the power of God. Don’t let anxiety steal your freedom.