Behar-Bechukotai What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Imagine a world with no anxiety. Where mankind fully trusted in a benevolent divine force.


If only we could achieve this serenity of the soul.


But how do we overcome the feeling of unease? How does one mitigate the prevalence of worry or fear?


In an age of uncertainty these forces seem to be increasingly overwhelming.


So where do we start?


It all begins with trust, which is the flip side to peace of mind. They go hand in hand.


To place our trust completely in a force greater than ourselves.


To be confident in this compassionate and all-powerful force.


A force which is always attentive even to the small details. A force that knows what’s best for you and has always been there for you.


A force which provides total protection and possess infinite kindness, to both those deserving and non-deserving, equally.


But in order to achieve trust, there is one great hurdle we must overcome.


We have to first let go. We must surrender control.


The reason we’re anxious is because we want to be in control.


Yes, we must certainly do all that we can to influence the outcome. We must do our part. Yet simultaneously we should remember, we cannot control it.


We can only be in control of ourselves. And that’s where we should exercise control.


As the saying goes, “G-d grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”


Ultimately there is only one force which is in full control of the outcome.


Fortunately, it is the divine force, which is compassionate and all powerful.


It is always present in the macro and the micro; it is attentive at all times.


This light and warmth would be even more present in our lives, if we would only let go and surrender to its all-embracing goodness.


It is the only way to achieve serenity of the soul.