“You never know what you have until it’s gone” is a phrase that popped into my mind the instant I saw the word 'security.' Security is a feeling that we take for granted almost more than any other feeling. Having enough food and water and having a shelter over my head is not something that I think about every day; in fact, I rarely think about it. Usually I complain about not having the food or drink that I want, or I bicker about not having a nicer, larger house. But when I take a moment to “zoom out,” I see that I have a great sense of security.

Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter.
— Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Having a lack of safety and freedom leads to vast problems. Without the security that I have now, I know that I would face a great deal of anxiety and stress. Having to worry about my safety would drain my mind and no longer permit me to focus my energy on positive thoughts. If you ever see anyone struggling in a vulnerable state, reach out to them. Help them to establish a sense of security in their lives, and witness the direct correlation that safety can make. Helping others to feel safe is one of the greatest ways to help people. A simple word of comfort or act of kindness can feel like a huge hug to someone who is living in fear. 


Help others.

Embrace safety.

Be happy.


- Jonah