This is what it looks like to be full of faith, even in the face of fear.
The other day I was talking to a friend on the phone. Quarantine life had gotten them down in the dumps about pretty much everything. Not being able to work. Not being able to run to the store whenever they felt like it. Not being able to hang out with friends. For so many of us, the current health crisis has literally turned our day to day on its head. It’s been a massive challenge -- social distancing… complete isolation. Yet even as we meet this challenge, each of us in our own way, I can’t help but wonder, can courage conquer crisis?
Yesterday I was watching (aka quarantine-binging) Rick and Morty, and there’s this episode in season two, where Rick, Summer and Morty run into troubles caused by their own uncertainty. Mad scientist, Rick, blames his two grandchildren, Summer and Morty, for splitting time because they are never sure of themselves when they make decisions, and each time time splits, there is less time to make up your mind, and less time (of course) to live. How many times have you and I missed the window of opportunity in our lives because we were indecisive? Well in this episode, Rick makes it very clear that in order to keep a level head in this mess of a life, we need to do two things. Think before you act, and make complete decisions. It helps that they were literally facing an immediate life and death situation.
As I talked to this friend the other day, they kept mentioning how they were going to start a business before the global pandemic sent the world indoors. They alluded to research efforts they had been meaning to start, and said that they had been manifesting these things for “quite some time now, so God was just gonna make it happen.” Let me tell you something about manifestation - the same thing I tell everyone who mentions it to me, and yes, the same thing I said during this very phone call. Manifestation is not just some whimsical dream you have in the middle of the night that you start speaking about the next day and then start seeing out of nowhere. Take the mysticism out of it and get real. Manifestation requires work.
MAN•I•FEST | v. display or show (a quality or feeling) by one's acts or appearance; demonstrate.
For some, this is a harsh reality, yet it remains real nonetheless. I encouraged my friend to continue to rely on God for provision and guidance, because prayer is an important part of this life in which we as humans have very little control. I also implored them to put in work. “Learn something new,” I said. “Start your days with an achievable goal in mind, and keep a weekly log of the things you’ve learned and accomplished.” Every successful person (myself included) has their own way of doing this, and I think it’s important to encourage each other in every good work, because at the end of the day, life is work and excuses are as valuable as death. We need people who will be there for us in our time of uncertainty, people who will hold us accountable and say things like “pull yourself together, and push your way through the storm.”
In fact, just a couple months ago I had my own indecisive crisis. I was struggling at the grocery store, even though I had made a mental list of the things I needed to pick up. Things like grits, and green beans. Now, normally I’m the type of person to order out often and cook almost never, so when I went to the store to stock up for quarantine, I honestly had no clue what I was getting myself into. Anyway, after standing around for about five minutes, frozen in the frozen food aisle, I made a decision. I did not want to suffer from my own indecisiveness a single minute longer, so I called an expert to help me make the right choices in picking up essential goods from the grocery store. Sometimes the most complete decision we can make is to ask for help when we can’t even help ourselves. Whether it’s leaning on a trusted advisor (or Google) for business advice, or hiring a grocery consultant, the decision to ask for help can be the difference between success and failure.
I love watching Rick and Morty, because even in the most difficult scenarios, from the moments of ‘what if,’ and ‘oh shit!’, Rick’s character always illustrates the significance of making a complete decision, even when it’s scary. Who knows what the future holds for my friend and their business? Hell, I honestly didn’t know how I was going to make it through two-plus months of quarantine myself. The truth is, there’s only one way to know. It’s not to watch, or listen, or even to speak. No, the only way to know is to do, and that’s all there is to it. This is how we make it through. This is what it looks like to be full of faith, even in the face of fear.
KIRU is an artist and entrepreneur, and founder of KIRUNIVERSE, based in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about him by visiting his website, www.iamkiru.com.