Fear can be hard to get rid of when it sets in. When that happens, we can feel paralyzed and confused. Either we take no action or make unwise, irrational decisions.
But often, it turns out that it’s the unknown that gives us fear. The more unknown and uncertain things are the greater the fear. From a child being afraid of the dark to an adult being afraid of what the future might hold—it all has to do with the unknown. So, it makes sense that knowledge and understanding can help assuage fear. This quote, by Marie Curie, is about this relationship between fear and understanding. When fear sets in, consider how you can increase your understanding; and pray to have both understanding and peace.
Do you have any blind spots? Have you considered all your options? What are all the possibilities? What’s the worst that can happen? Are all your fears based on worst-case scenarios? “Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
The less we fear through understanding, the greater our resolve to take the most appropriate action.