Per Wikipedia, safety is the state of being “safe,” the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered non-desirable.
Those are a lot of potentially non-safe things. No wonder people are so stressed and worried all the time. No wonder stress is a leading cause of all sorts of health issues.
Truth is, we are never safe. Danger is all around. In many forms. Lurking. Waiting. Random. Unemotional.
Think of all the safety-related sayings we hear from a young age one:
Better safe than sorry!
Don’t forget to practice safe sex!
Don’t learn about safety by accident.
Practice the ABCs of Safety: Always Be Careful
We are never safe, yet we are always safe.
It’s no wonder fear thrives, it has lots of potential “What Ifs” on its side.
What does safety have on its side? A bunch of cheesy slogans and some hope, I suppose.
And yet….we do choose to believe in safety. We do allow ourselves to feel safe. Even in the face of doubt or fear. Even when circumstances may suggest otherwise. Even when it’s clear we aren’t all that safe. Even when it doesn’t feel right.
We trust that, yes, our hearts will be safe. Our bodies will be safe. Our children will be safe. Our dreams will be safe. Our homes will be safe. Our lives will be safe.
That we will be safe.
Despite, because of, instead of, as opposed to….we are safe. Even when we are not.