“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” (Thoreau.)

We live in a world of fear;  fear of losing your job, fear of getting sick, fear that others will think poorly of you, fear of getting hurt,  fear and more fear.  Thoreau nailed it with this quote.  Many are psychologically huddled into their fearfulness – neither speaking about it nor doing anything about it.  Rather, fear drives them.  Fear drives them to desperation.  People settle for less.  People are silent when they need to shout   They laugh when they feel like crying and  run away when they are called to embrace.

What is it that you fear?  Will you spend this upcoming year running from it or confronting it.  When fear becomes our driver despair becomes our lifestyle.  For some fear makes them hide, for others fear makes them seek loud crowds and empty amusements.   Fear crowds out living.  Fear when faced, teaches us to overcome.  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 Jn 4:18)