In a Coping and Healing Group this week, one of the members shared a very helpful phrase that a cherished friend had given her years ago:
FEAR is Forgetting Everything’s All Right.
People in the group, including me, had very strong, positive reactions to this gift the group member paid forward to us.
Since then, I’ve shared that gift with several people and the reaction has been the same: a pause and then an expression of gratitude.
As a habitual catastrophizer, who typically fears the worst case scenario no matter what the situation, I am finding this idea incredibly healing. And it’s helping me deal with
- my own fears,
- other people’s fears or other reactions,
- my work as a clinical social worker,
- our cat’s health issues,
- my health issues,
- home issues,
- money issues,
- preparing my taxes,
- uncertainties about the future,
- an over abundance of empathy, and
- the news.
If I have any fear about the images I’m about to share, then I’m Forgetting Everything’s All Right.
I have no fear about setting a good example, pistachios, or telling fairy tales, which are all right.
When I search YouTube for “fear is forgetting everything’s all right, I find this, which includes other acronyms for FEAR — False Evidence Appearing Real and Face Everything And Recover.
I have no fear about comments you might leave.
I’m not forgetting everything’s all right, nor my gratitude to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.