Every Star Shines
When I worked in an office, bigger problems seemed to happen when I was traveling. As a young manager, I used to look at every next trip with “what will happen this time?” anxiety.
My imagination could make anxiety into a motion picture with twists and turns and cinematic catastrophe.
Finally I caught on that the problems that happened when I was gone were the same incidents and mishaps that happened when I right there. I saw them with new proportions because I wasn’t there to manage them. I’d feel responsible for what went wrong. I’d be less effective. It wasn’t long before I was feeling anxious and imagining again.
I’m sure glad I gave up that anxiety habit. It threw my world view off balance.
It would happen, maybe for a reason, maybe without warning, I used to find myself feeling like I wasn’t up to a challenge. I’d get that creeping, anxious feeling that I wasn’t as good as the rest of the species.
It’s that thought that I wasn’t meant to be on the planet . . . and that soon everyone was gonna know . . .
Anxiety made the world all about me. It was years before I realized the answer was outside me.
The best results of anxious thoughts are positive actions they can cause.
When you’re imagining disastrous endings, pack that anxious adrenaline into positive experience. Move outside yourself. Move from where you are to where you’re wishing you might be.
Get curious. Get interested. Change your perspective.
Stop thinking, feeling, hiding. Start doing, being, believing. Experience yourself building, helping, teaching, creating, serving, giving, loving unconditionally.
You’re exceptional at some things, so no matter what one thing made you anxious . . . choose another and get going.
Shining heals better.
Shining calms worrying, whining, and regretting
Some say that it leads to smiling. Your results could vary.
But it’s fairly certain that it never leads to disastrous endings.
Whatcha’ waiting for? Make a weekend that shines.
–ME “Liz” Strauss