Some risk takers over-do it. Why? Fear drives them. Hit a balance. Scared? Do a reality check. No physical danger? Plunge ahead. Danger: Call 911.
Emotions start in ancient and primitive fears connected to dangerous life and limb threats. Important then, but overrated today.
For many all fears sound like 911 emergency sirens. Not knowing the difference keeps you from doing what is possible and being who you are. Particularly fears related to internal feelings such as shame, embarrassment, or shyness.
All the research on dealing with sad, bad, or mad feelings indicates acting against the feeling unless immediate danger threatens works best. Acting against the feeling means doing the opposite of what the feeling tells you to do.
In the case of fear, the main message is run. Useful when an angry predator is looms on the path ahead of you, but even then standing your ground may work better. (Bears can outrun the fastest human, but might be scared by one who shows no fear.) To stay strong in the face of fear, act bravely.
Here is another staying strong tidbit embedded in a big word – habituate – meaning “get used to.” The more risks you take, the more often you stand up to fear, the easier it becomes to take more risks.
As always thank you for all you do particularly for liking, commenting or sharing my posts. Little things matter.
This post was somewhat inspired by this Word Press Daily Prompt: Take a chance on me. What is the biggest chance you have taken? How did it turn out?
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This is Passover week. Passover celebrates the first recorded emancipation from slavery. Whatever your religion working for freedom for all matters most.
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When we limit freedom to those we cherish, we enslave our hearts and souls. When we are silent in the face of oppression, we oppress all others. Only when all work to protect liberty for all will there be Peace on Earth.
Thank you all for all you do to care and share with others. Doing a little matters a lot. Doing more matters more.
This post relates the Word Press Daily Prompt that asks: Tell us your funniest relationship disaster story. Not telling a funny one. Passover is the story of straying from all that matters and that according to the Jewish God means pursuing Tikkun Olam which is Hebrew for repairing the world. Practicing deliberate kindness is how one pursues Tikkun Olam daily.
The tale of Passover is how straying from a loving relationship with the Source of all things dooms human kind.
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Smiles boost #EmotionalIntelligence. Making strangers smile or laugh is part of Practicing Kindness, one of my Daily Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.
Daily Prompt: Make Me Smile If you’re feeling blah, what is the one thing you do that you can count on to put a smile on your face?
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I can’t tell you how much I love shopping. Not for what I buy, mostly food or toys for the grands. No, it is for the opportunity to josh or flirt with the humans operating the cash registers. Hate that technology has dwindled the number of people taking my money.
One of my favorite lines and usually in response to the “Did you find everything you wanted?” now required of most cashiers.
My “Get a laugh” response: “No. (pause for effect) I am still looking for the million dollars needed to keep up with the cost of living. Guess you haven’t found it either.”
Always gets a surprised look and a laugh that makes my day.
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