Saturday, 26 April 2014

Awww Nuts

Along with a number of other things I'm doing and reading and thinking about, I'm doing this online course via Oprah, with this lady called Brené Brown.

It's about creativity and vulnerability and all sorts of things that aren't easy changes to make but are worthwhile making, I'm pretty sure.

So, anyway, there was this one quote in her video last week that was AWESOME, but also made me go "aww nuts" because it kind of poked a hole in my go-to "things are difficult" mode.

She said (if you'll allow me to paraphrase) "When I'm freaking out, I first ask myself - Do I have enough data to freak out?  And if I do, then I ask if freaking out is going to help?"

Awww nuts!  Because really, when you put it that way?  There's no point in me freaking out anymore.

If I'm freaking out without enough data (information) then I'm just being stupid.  And if I have enough information (data) to freak out?  Then the actual freaking out is just a waste of time when I could and should be doing something about it instead.

Bah.  There goes all my fun plans!

Well, except that freaking out is no fun at all.  It's maybe a lazy habit, but it's not an enjoyable one.

So yeah, there you go...  Not that I'll never freak out again, but... I'll maybe start thinking about it a bit more when it seems like that's where my brain is trying to go.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing we can control in life is what we think. So if what we are thinking is making us unhappy, stressed etc. one can let go of it. Takes practice but it is worth it.
If we think someone is making us unhappy - are they? Is that their intent? If so, they need to given the push but more than likely it is us making ourselves unhappy.
Life is short ... Cdn Anne in England

Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:36:00 pm  
Blogger Dominic said...

Obligatory quote:

In life, there are only two things to worry about—
Either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about—
Either you will get well or you will die.
If you get well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you die, there are only two things to worry about—
Either you will go to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.

And if you go to hell, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends
You won’t have time to worry!

Monday, April 28, 2014 7:37:00 am  
Blogger Victoria said...

I know Anne... just trying to practice what I know, you know? ;)

That made me giggle D, thanks :)

Monday, April 28, 2014 4:22:00 pm  

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