In his first inaugural speech, Franklin D Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!” He was speaking of the depression and the prospect of turning the U.S. economy around.” If you spend much time on FalseBook (my term for the social media platform), you may indeed be fearful for the fate of the United States of America. But think about it.
We got through the Depression. We got through World War II. We got through Viet Nam. We got over Packman. We’ll get over Pokemon. Many are leaving FalseBook. Or maybe I should call it FearBook.
Stop believing everything you read in social media. It’s become a platform to smear the reputations of people who have differing opinions than the person who is fearful. Trust the wisdom of the ages: You will reap what you sow. Mudslingers are like gunslingers going around shooting mud bullets. Their intent is to add fuel to anger and fear.
We don’t understand ourselves. How can we imagine we understand others enough to spread unfounded and false rumors?
You can get caught up in the emotion and react like a person who is angry and fearful, or you can choose a higher path. The writer of 1 John in the New Testament said, “Perfect love casts out fear.” Perfect means “coming to completion.” Love that is coming to completion acts in the well-being of the whole.
You can’t change everything in the world. But you can make a difference in the world you have around you. You can’t control the actions of others. But you can take control of your own actions so that they help improve the world around you.
You were born into this world for a purpose. Find that purpose. Find what fills you with life when you lose yourself in doing it. Then be careful not to get pulled into the purposes for which others were born. If certain actions are part of your destiny, do them well and with integrity. Let your actions be intentional rather than reactionary. Do them in perfected love. And do not fear. As Rumi wrote:
Be careful! Be calm! Pray! Say this to yourself:
“Even the eye of the hurricane closes in the end.”
The Lord of the worlds has promised:
“I am with the Patient.” O Patient One, grace us a drop of your Patience.
I’ve given you all I know;
now you must do what you can. Silence! My Lover is smiling:
that smile makes all words ash. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
And know this: I write this as a sermon to myself as much as I write it for anyone else. All will be well. Sow what you want to reap. Sow love and harmony. Namaste.