What are the thoughts that trap your mind in the sticky, cobwebs of fear? You know, the ones you can’t escape from. The thoughts that try to lift their wings out of the web, and once assumed free, are caught up again in the next part of the fear web?
There are plenty of cobwebs that hold my thoughts hostage to sticky fear. Some fears real, others not so much. The fear of growing old, where thoughts plea; please don’t let me end up in an assisted living home. As they attempt to lift their feet off the tacky webbing, they adhere to the vision of wheelchairs, old person smell, loss of independence, and the awful thought of life alone.
But when I allow the cobwebs of my mind to be a place of battlefield, where thoughts of good and evil go to war, things change. The good thoughts, no longer adhering, but fighting the bad. Their swords clang, and clink, and fight to dominate. The web of fear is slashed by good thoughts, and the web hangs from a thread. Fear is dangling, and holding on for dear life.
One final swoop of the sword of right thinking, and fear plunges to it’s death. Or does it? Nope, not dead, just injured. You know the scene. The villain in the movies that always appear dead, but make a surprising and frightening return.
Fear will eventually climb the mountain of doubt again. Sometimes it climbs quickly. Other times it ascends slowly. It will inevitably make the steep climb, and return again for battle.
What’s needed to fight the dreaded fear? Correct thoughts. Thoughts that I dress in armor during the times of reprieve. Training them, growing them, and forcing them to do push ups in my mind. This way, when fear returns and builds a new cobweb, healthy thoughts are ready once again to engage in battle. Positive thoughts that will eventually avoid the cobweb of fear altogether. So that ultimately, peace of mind prevails.
How do you train your mind? I would love to hear from you.