When we speak of our anxieties what do we mean? Anxiety is fear, but it is also a restlessness of heart. Anxiety inhabits the whole person—physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Sometimes the weather patterns of anxiety begin forming before we begin to notice them.
What do our anxieties reveal about us? They reveal what we love, what we hate, what we value most, what we find most worthy of our attention, affection, and focus.
When we fear death, we most value life. We are also anxious when we do not gain the attention or affection of someone we love.
All in all, anxiety points to what we love most—or, what we worship. Are you anxious? How do you find out what you’re anxious about? What do you tend to dwell on most in your thoughts morning, noon, and night?
Do you ever find yourself alone with yourself, without the noise and distractions of life? Sometimes the noise and distractions point to the very anxieties you’re trying to avoid.
Anxiety is found in every crack and crevice of our lives—from the things we run toward to the people we run from. From the food we eat to the food we don’t eat. From the clothes we wear to the clothing we wish we could afford to wear. From the solitude we crave to the crowds we embrace. From the mobile apps we open to the Amazon sale we complete.
We feel anxious when we look back to our past. We feel anxious when we look around to our present circumstances. We feel anxious when we look toward the future.
Anxiety is indiscriminate with whom it chooses to affect—regardless of age, race, color, creed, religion (or, non-religion), ability (or, disability). We do not choose anxiety. Anxiety has handpicked us, and has left none to themselves without it.
How do you know if you’ve been affected with anxiety? Look back. Look around. Look forward. Oh, yes, and look inside yourself. If you can live five minutes without looking for something more, maybe you have not caught the bug. Then again, test yourself for another five minutes.
Is it just about perspective? Or, worldview? Maybe, but probably not. No matter your perspective or worldview, you’re anxious for something more. And, at other times, you might just be anxious for something less.