Thriving Thursdays: Fear or Courage?

Thriving Thursdays: Fear or Courage

Yeehaw!  I’m back at the Tree-house again with Chris the Story Reading Ape, for another Thriving Thursday!  This post is already live at his site.  He has a lot of other great stuff too, so be sure to visit my favorite Ape.  

I’ve been down with a nasty sinus-allergy thing.  While I’m a long way from being 100%, I’m trying to climb back up into the saddle again.

I’m here to encourage you to thrive.

Today I’m not thinking about how daring the feat was.  Nor am I wondering how dangerous the situation was.  I’m not even considering what extraordinary valor may have been involved.

How brave is someone when they do something they don’t fear?  Are they braver than the person who trembles in terror? 

Fear can hold us back.  But to overcome fear is to thrive.  If you see a person, daunted by distress, who dives into the fray despite their dread — then you have witnessed courage.

Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway…  John Wayne

Due to a hectic workday, and to this relentless sinus/allergy problem I’m having, I’m closing comments here.  Please click over to the Ape’s tree-house and say hello. I’ll drop by as I’m able.  Click here.

Wishing you a thriving Thursday.

Mega hugs,

Teagan

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Stand Up

Stand up!

Those two words can mean several different things in the dictionary.

remain/be valid, be sound, be plausible, hold water, hold up, stand questioning, survive investigation, bear examination, be verifiable

We might also stand up for a cause, like the power of a simple hug. Or we might stand up for ourselves. Andy Avis did in Episode-14 of Three Ingredients Cookbook-2, when he defied the formidable Granny Fanny.  In my  novel Atonement, TennesseeRalda Lawton stands up for herself as well as she can when faced with foes who have overwhelming magical powers.Fashion model trips

Or, sometimes we simply need to physically stand up! I’ve read several times that many people cannot get up from the floor without help — whether or not they have fallen, no matter their age or their health.  This post is not about aging. It’s about standing up, metaphorically and standing up to the challenge of well… being able to stand up.

Some of you know that I took a nasty fall down my front stairs not too long ago.  Bruised ribs and a badly sprained ankle (that I was told could take many months to heal) gave me challenges I had not experienced. That’s why I thought the following video was important enough to share with you today.

Occupational therapist, Rhonda Bonecutter provides the most impeccable “how to” I’ve ever seen. Simple solutions are demonstrated in an engaging way. See her full article in the link and take a look at the video below.

How to get up if you fall: suggested techniques

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Now that you know how to stand up that way, enjoy this cross section of people who Stand Up another way.

Hugs all around!

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What’s Next? New “Interactive” Serial

Cooking kittyThree Ingredients Serial

What’s next?  Thanks to everyone who sent “votes” on what you wanted to do next – now that we reached a conclusion in the Three Things Serial storyline.  It was a three-way tie, appropriately enough!  So I’m going with the one that is the biggest challenge for me.  (Yes, I’m just twisted that way.)  Also I think I chose the tie-breaker that will give you, the reader more creative ways to send “things.”

To break the tie, I chose to do a culinary mystery.  This subgenre was new to me.  If you’re not familiar with it, here is a goodreads link to several such novels.

Our next reader-participation-driven story will be The Three Ingredients Serial.  I’m putting you back in the driver’s seat.  The “things” will become ingredients.  This time I’m asking you to send three ingredients, which is not too different from sending three things.  Now, those ingredients can be all sorts of food related things – not just recipe ingredients.  Or if you’d rather — you are welcome to send a recipe that I would feature at the end of the post.

So please leave comments, telling me your Three Ingredients!  I’m excited to see where they take me.

Can’t wait to hear from you,

teagan

PS:  The illustrious Alexandra of The Scholarly Skater has just nominated me for two awards. The “Internet hugs” abound, and I’m delighted to participate.  So please take a look at her very interesting blog.  Thank you Alexandra — mega-hugs to you.

Create Your Own Path

Has your path in life left you sort of walking around aimlessly?  I confess to feeling that way lately myself.  So I’m sharing another of my erstwhile “Weekly Messages” that I used to write at work.  At that time I knew where I was “walking,” even if I might feel a tad aimless right now.  So here’s a dose of my own advice that I’m giving myself, and sharing with you.

When Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” I think he had some insight into plotting a path, whether in life or at work.  Take a look at this conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:

Alice Wonderland 1923“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

In other words, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there — and “there” just might turn out to be a place where you do not want to be.  Plus you might have to do a lot of “walking” to get to that place where you’d really rather not be.  People have to take a moment to look at where they are and where they want to be.  Or else they run the risk of overlooking opportunities, spinning their wheels, and never having any control over their own destiny.

Some people are blessed in such a way that great opportunities seem to simply come to them.  The rest of us have to make our own opportunities, develop skills and experience ourselves, and otherwise get ourselves qualified for the jobs we want.  However, we can take a great sense of accomplishment in forging our own destinies.  Take the initiative.  It’s all up to you. Nobody can do it for you.

The first step to plotting your path is knowing what you want – where you want to go.  After that, step outside the box.  Step beyond what’s required of you.  You might volunteer for something, officially or simply helping your friends.  It can give you the chance to do something different, and so create a new skill or interest.  Create your own path.  Find your own way of benefiting your employer, your community, your friends — and therefore yourself, in whatever way you can.

Keep your eyes open for the opportunities that brings.  You might not recognize them right away, because coming from new things, they won’t look the way you expect.  So don’t miss out on opportunities.

Now don’t get me wrong – nobody said it’s easy.  Establishing your path (or changing it for that matter) is hard work.  If you want to make a really big change, or huge progress, you’ll most likely have to make sacrifices.  However, isn’t it worth hard work?  Isn’t it worth (temporarily) giving up some of the things you like, if it lets you take charge of your destiny?  Isn’t it worth it if you can spend your efforts doing things that you enjoy — things that make you smile with a big Cheshire grin?Cheshire Grin

Facing Fear

I gave myself a rule to restrict “Teagan’s Books” to writing and indie publishing related topics. However, with a previous director at work, one of my tasks was writing a motivational message every week. During the past few days one of those messages has repeatedly come to mind.  Maybe, I said to myself, someone needs to hear it.  So I’m making an exception to my rule.

TooncesFor me, the past eighteen years has been a constant exercise in improving my situation in life.  That has forced me to be constantly ready to tackle obstacles that are all but insurmountable for one person; alone.  I mean things like driving all the way across the country with only my two cats for moral support — cats who, unlike Toonces in the old Saturday Night Live shows, cannot help with the driving!

But I digress.  Here is that message.

Facing Fear

Last week I was stuck inside an elevator for a while.  That circumstance made me think of the countless things we all fear.  Many people have one particular fear that holds them back in work and in life – they are afraid of doing something they think they can’t do.  We often hear the terms “fear of failure” or “fear of the unknown,” and I guess those are pretty close to the same thing.

If you’re afraid you can’t lead that project, so you don’t try, then how do you gain the experience you would have gotten by doing it?  Whether or not the project was a success you still would have learned things.  If you’re afraid to swing the bat at that softball, so you don’t even try, then how are you going to get into the game?  If you’re afraid you can’t remember the words to a song, so you never sing it, then who will hear your voice?  If you’re afraid to dip that brush into the paint, so you never create the picture, then who will see your vision?

Was there ever a time when you were terrified of doing something, but somehow, you gathered your courage and did it?  No matter how it went, I hope you were proud of yourself for trying.  There is a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. 

You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” 

Isn’t that a powerful thought?  Look fear in the face.  To grow strong, courageous, and confident – look fear in the face.  If you think you can’t do something – do it.  Wow.  It would have been interesting, even fascinating to have known Eleanor Roosevelt.

Cow-Fear Yes, fear has its value.  It prompts us to protect ourselves in dangerous situations.  However, the wrong kind of fear becomes corrosive.  It eats away at our ability to think clearly, prevents us from trying new things, testing new ideas.

So I ask you, what are the things you think you can’t do?  Make a list of them and look at it.  Now, isn’t there at least one thing on that list that you really, really think you should be trying to do?

Yes, I thought there was.  Are you ready to look fear in the face?

Magic Glasses

Yesterday, as I left the Post Office, a business man complimented my new glasses.  That was nice, especially since here strangers just don’t speak period, unless it’s to tell you to get out of their way.  And how often does anybody compliment eyeglasses anyway?  “New glasses must work some kind of magic,” my slightly sardonic inner voice said.

This morning I started thinking.  What if…(You know “what if” gives me endless possibilities, particularly for stories.)  What if you had magic glasses?  What would they let you see?

Would you be able to look inside someone, on a cellular level, and see the cure for a disease?

Could you see the truths people would hide from the world?

Would you see the future?  Or the ancient past?

Would you look at the ground, and within the soil see a new plant species that would one day grow?

What story would grow around the extraordinary things you saw with your magic glasses?  What else would you see that gave unexpected twists to that story?

Finally, at the end of the story, what would you do with your magic glasses?

Now go ahead, tell me the story.

So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Sometimes it feels like everything I see has a story in it.  If only I had enough time to write all those tales!  A friend sent a video about an antique mechanical desk made by Abraham and David Roentgen.  I can’t tell you how many ideas it sent spinning in my mind!  [Thanks Joye!]  The question is, will I ever find time for any of them?

Do a search for “Abraham and David Roentgen” and you’ll find all sorts of information, pictures, and videos for their amazing works of mechanical-furniture-art.  I, at least, think it’s art.

Now, let your mind wander,

teagan