Life is a precious gift. You are a precious gift to life. You are a gift to your world. When I bring who I am and you bring who you are to the table of life, a positive synergy begins to produce a wave of creative enery. This positive energy, motivates and encourages those around us to pursue their creative uniqueness. I am not you and you are not me, but to be effective we need one another. I use the term “you” and “me” in a general sense because, although you let me come into your world for a brief time as you read my thoughts, I can not walk beside you. My point is you are uniquely you, majestically created and divinely led.
I have learned through my own struggle that there are distractions that can keep me from being fully present to myself. I have heard it said and believe it to be so, that, anxiety weighs down the heart. I will include a page of my book below. Table Topics for the Soul — Journey to the Heart LC Registration #: TXu1-330-434 Copyright © 2007
This can weigh the heart down, produce a skewing of what would otherwise be good judgment or motivate irrational behavior. Sometimes the process of differentiating what needs to get done can be daunting. The impact of this anxiety can be both paralyzing and limiting in a person’s perspective. At this time, the response is often motivated by fear. This fear can lead to impulsive behavior to quiet the uneasy feeling. Rational thinking is often discarded and replaced with reaction.
I have experienced varying degrees of anxiety. When this is encountered, I am confronted with an internal struggle. The apparent crisis seems to loom and appear ominous. I then become boggled and focus on the anxiety, rather than on a solution. Over time, I have developed tools to quiet its rumblings. As I begin to experience negative thoughts, writing in a journal helps to identify what set the negativity in motion. By examining this factor, I am then able to decide if any action needs to be taken, such as, making amends, adjusting my behavior, or seeking to gain further information. I have also come to accept that I have limitations that are out of my control. These factors affect how I process my environment. Consequently, I have come to accept that there are triggers, which consistently produce anxiety in me. With this awareness, I can make better choices.
Having anxiety (which unconsciously was used as a weapon to undermine my feeling adequate, capable, and confident) is now seen as a red flag. When I begin to recognize that this flag is being waved in front of me, self-care needs to become my priority. At these times, I need to stay committed and focused on my well being. Through showing concerted acts of kindness toward myself, I am more efficient and effective in my judgment. This decision will invariably reduce my anxiety and thus help me to be more effective with others. Subsequently, I will become more proactive with my life rather than reactive.
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