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Fear of the Future

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The future can fill us with apprehension. It is a great unknown, fertile soil for anxiety and worry. Since we do not know what it holds, we often fill in the gaps with what we believe about the world. Our experiences and past can emotionally shape how we handle what may lie ahead or our perceptions of it. The more unsure we are, the more unease increases. Feeling as if we have no control in life can cause a great deal of turmoil, yet we have little ultimate control over outcomes and circumstances beyond our reach. We seek comfort in being the master of every detail of our lives, but we will encounter trials. Trouble visits us in a fallen world. To anxiously seek a level of control we cannot possess adds to inner conflict. Though life is full of difficulty, outright disaster is a possibility not a certainty. It can also be a matter of how we perceive something, rather than objective reality. Fear conveys the sense of heightened and known certainty, though it is not known. Pani