Lion: King of the Jungle.

We, and the animals of the jungle know this.  However, the reality is that as the Lion rules, he also ages and every day the lion wakes up, he must defend his right to rule. As he grows older more and more animals attack his throne.

Even his closest relatives, the young and vivacious lion cubs begin an attempt to overthrow him. The entire jungle is against the lion, yet he is able to hold onto his reign. How? Simple: He continues to roar.

As a lion gets older the mane becomes tattered, the teeth begin to fall out, his speed and ability to chase prey falters. The lion has only one form of protection left, his roar. As the younger lions challenge his rule, or hunt his gazelles, he roars and they retreat.

The beauty of a human response vs. that of an animal is that animals can only react, they cannot reason that all that is left is a roar!

Tragically, even as humans, when it comes to change, trials, struggles, or other hurdles often all we often forget that fact, and all we hear is the roar. We might start with great aspirations but when we stumble or trip, we stop as we react in fear.

I love how author Michael Meade puts it:

Clearly, there are real fears and wild uncertainties in this rapidly changing world. There are also many trying to capitalize on other people’s fears or feed the fears of others. The tendency to panic, as an individual or as part of the herd can suddenly strike anyone. Everyone feels some fear when panic is in the air. Robert Cialdini calls this the ‘click-whirr’ in his factors of Influence book; when an event happens [click] there is an immediate impulse [whirr].

Faith & Fear Can be Guideposts

They can be our channel markers for which way we are growing both need to be addressed, by the living out of our lives.

Faith brings clarity of what needs to be risked for a greater life to be found. When people ask what to do as life, work and relationships become increasingly filled with uncertainty, changing norms,  they eventually discover that blind reactions don’t work! Faith is about finding your sense of clarity which enables a ‘respond’ approach and not a ‘react’ one.

The animal reaction to crisis is the ‘fight, flight, freeze, appease’ reaction. There is no conscious thinking involved with because it is a biological reaction. Humans are uniquely wired to be able to override this reaction through values, training and practice. We have choice in where we go.

There’s good news: you can choose to thrive with encouragement, beliefs and support.

Who are the people who have heard the roar and responded not reacted?

“When faced with great danger in this world, run towards the roaring, go where you fear to go. The modern world has begun to roar in a big way and fear has become the dominant emotion amongst people of all ages. Old folks fear that they will lose health care and retirement benefits; those in their prime earning years fear that they can’t earn enough or could lose their jobs at any moment; and young people fear that there is no place for them in this fearful world where the whole thing could seemingly end at any moment.”

The very reality of safety and security is an illusion

It’s tragic really, whether it being having enough resources, finding the solution to health, and the list continues. The first step is to find that belief system that defines our true values and our uniqueness so that when we hear the roar we can move towards it. The heart of growing forward is the ability to lean into the harness and move towards what matters for us.

Since we all know that in a non-reactive mindset, cost is directly proportional to value; If everything goes smoothly and there is little risk, then the value of what has been achieved is always reflected.

If you believe life should be predictable or that your security should be guaranteed – you will get caught by the roar with the tragic responses which usually leave residual emotions of either anger or fear.