It's just not true.
In fact, because deeply spiritual people -- like writers and other artists -- also tend to be deeply intuitive people who absorb the even unspoken emotional sensitivities of others -- I'll bet they're subject to even more worry and fear than others.
The difference is in how they deal with worry and fear.
Here, at any rate, are two (healthy) ways I have learned to deal with my own worry and fear:
First, I remind myself of the wisdom offered by Stephen Covey.
"We each have a wide range of concerns," Covey writes, "and inside this "Circle of Concern" are things like our health, our children, problems at work, the national debt, nuclear war -- anything we have some mental or emotional involvement in."
But as we look at the things in our Circle of Concern, we realize there two types of things in there:
- things over which we have no real control, and
- other things we can actually do something about.
A fantastic way to reduce worry and fear is to spend most of our time and energy widening our Circle of Influence: to think about and work on only those the things you can actually do something about.
For example: I am concerned about the outcome of Tuesday's election. In fact, I'm concerned about the future of our democracy itself. I can, and have, worried myself into fearful tears and sleepless nights about this.
- I can vote, and I can encourage others to do so (or not to do so, depending on who they'd vote for!)
- I can decide when it is wise to be quiet and listen, and when -- such as in this sermon, I decided it would be Irresponsible to be Silent.
- I speak out about true patriotism -- such as in this sermon, when I preached on what our nation looks like when we are acting our best.