Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favorite movie Directors. He thought very differently than everyone else of his time and created a body of work that still stands for excellence many decades later. I heard this quote from him many years ago, and it has been stuck in my thoughts for years.
These words remind me that the things I think I am afraid of are not really what I am afraid of; what keeps me up at night is the anticipation of what is to come. The unknown, the waiting, the anxiety about how I build things up in my own mind to only find out that when the bang hits it was no where near what I had imagined it would be.
Being able to decipher what is truly something to fear versus what our minds, the media, or others mis-sharing a story or news blip would have us believe takes wisdom and a deep breath. We are bombarded by WAY too much information for us to process and keep straight, so we get overwhelmed and only listen to half of the story, we then forget to think it through for ourselves and move into action which only makes everything worse.
So today I am going to think about what I am afraid of and work to understand how much of that is real, how much is media hype, and how much of it can I REALLY control anyway? Today I choose not to let terror of the bang leak into my thoughts and soul. Instead I will revel in anticipation of the good things to come, the things I can control and work hard to make my own world a better place to live. I think Alfred Hitchcock would be proud.