Words are such powerful weapons that can be used to defend or harm someone, even unintentionally. We get to experience the power of suggestion in our everyday lives. We notice how our words could affect the turn of the conversation and how fear is easily hyped by just mentioning one story of an unfortunate event. Most of the time, it’s the story we hear our neighbours tell us, or a call we received from our friends, a report on the television or the papers, and if we take into account all those feeds, we could go insane or completely afraid to step out into broad daylight or even stay in the house. For some people, it is easier to listen and believe the rumors or a story told by a friend than the ones close to you. But I also realized that sometimes it’s a matter of how we disclose something that would make the other side hear us. I don’t know if it’s right but there are times that we might have to let it seem like the idea came from them since people’s interests build up and they would listen more.
On the influx of bad events or negative news, I learned that we can share positive insights if ever we read something that could shed light to the reports or somehow calm the tension that is rising. That way, we could have constructive conversation on the topic instead of scaring ourselves and the people around us. People are bound to exaggerate and sometimes the information being shared is the one that stand out when they first heard the story. After that, versions are created though unintentionally and as words are passed around, the details and highlights change. Fear emerge victorious, our defensive walls defeated.
Recent news has been frightening. Like the different gangs that loom about the city, targeting citizens and their belongings; the cases of car napping and killing of car owners really gives me goosebumps whenever I hear similar stories. Our taxi driver pointed to us a Montero Sport and said that those are the hit right now, where owners are gunned down and the car taken. He said that there was one who was washing his car and was killed on the spot. Another scary story is the people targeting condo units, going in and then grabbing valuable items. They would watch about the vicinity, spotting anyone they could victimize. Then officials of the city government are out again to fish more funds for their pockets. It’s really difficult to respect them if they are actually doing their jobs, because it’s obvious that they purposefully want to find fault in small businesses so that they could get more. It’s not easy to earn money. I’m not sure if they know the hardship of doing business in the country (or maybe they do), because they grab what they can benefit from.
In a fearful situation, it would be helpful to supply evidences and information that would ease the alarm that was raised upon hearing the news. I think this works because at least their worries are reduced. It helps to lighten the dark mood, and to ease the creases in their foreheads. This definitely is not an easy task because they consume negative news everyday. I admit that I’m already discourage to watch the hard news, and still I know the importance of being aware of what’s happening in the country. But I also know that worrying won’t help us, and if it affects us that much, it would be better to decrease the stress we experience by not absorbing all the news and problems by the beat.
Leave the gates closed. Aside from the physical doors, we should also leave some information outside or at least not to let ourselves be consumed by fear. We should trust in Him who has watched over us and is there to provide even before we ask. Prayer helps a lot to keep our focus on God and not to succumb to fear and worry. Conversing with Him is like having a companion there for you 24/7, more importantly, it’s to listen to Him speak to you. God’s words prove the intensity of the power of suggestion makes in our life.
Comforting words from the Bible:
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
“Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6