Lent Day 37 – Peace and Projection

We do not fear the unknown. We fear what we think we know about the unknown

— Teal Swan —


Thinking we know the unknown is an oxymoron.

“Knowing the unknown” is a projection.

I learned early in my recovery journey not to project.

When I project, I get anxious, and projecting is a tool the enemy uses to increase our fear of the unknown.


What causes you to fear what you think you know about the unknown?


If you are a “projector,” try some of these practices I’ve built into my activities of daily living:

Have a daily routine.

Avoid people, places, and things (i.e., 24/7 news and social media) that increase your fears.

Eat right, get adequate sleep, and exercise routinely.

Talk to uplifting friends.

Help someone in need.

Search for God’s presence and beauty in simple things like sunrises, sunsets, flowers, birds chirping, and quiet moments.

Pray one more time than you worry.

Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Journal your thoughts:

What am I grateful for today?

In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?

What will I deny myself to draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?


God, I offer myself to Thee—To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties so that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)



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