04 July 2012

Panic


What is a fearful soul to do? Permitting your emotions to bind up your choices will not help. I suggest,
Look & Reappraise: Is your panic based in an imminent reality? Is your imagination driving your fear?
Put Yourself in a Different Pair of Shoes: Think of questions you might ask yourself, as if you were in that other pair of reasonable and responsible shoes.
Track & Write Down Your Feelings: You may not want your stewardship of your panic to be driven by your emotions. So put some distance between your emotions with your left-brain. Write your feelings down on paper. Do you want to be mastered by your feelings? Do you want to be held hostage by your feelings? To write your feelings down helps master your feelings.
Try Planning: When events cool down make intentional choices to make a plan.   Once you make a plan try executing it. After you've done that for a while, and you've stopped, for whatever reason, start again. Yes, that's right, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. I call it personal forgiveness.
Personal forgiveness is where I begin again. It's difficult. It takes time. And personal forgiveness takes patience. But you, the one who wants to try, who needs to try, you, who try to be and do, and who may not be and do as much as you’d like, need your second chance. You can give yourself your second chance. Every one of us needs forgiveness. Every one of us who gets into their mess and who wants to get out of their mess needs a second chance.


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