Care and fear

More small nuances (that turn out to be big.) We sometimes think that care and fear are related, even synonyms.

Care is a double edged (s)word. When I hear someone say “Take care” I always add in my mind “and throw her down the stairs”. Careless it is not good to be, better to be careful. But to be full of cares is no good either…

Careful for me = being cautious. Which in turn means to keep one´s eyes open, look around, stay alert and awake. It is almost mindfulness.

Fear is the opposite of this, a paralyzing force that sweeps over us like a flood. It devours us, awakens phantoms in our heart and often scares the sh*t out of us. In short, fear closes our eyes and makes us more asleep (dreaming a nightmare).

Just as being blind is not seeing, being afraid is not being careful. So let us be careful and not confuse fear with care.

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. (Job 3:25)


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