How do you enjoy life if you are in constant fear of its end?
Updated: Apr 7, 2019
The question begs the need to get a handle on something? But what? When you read the question, you might think I’m going to talk about end of life scenarios. However, what strikes me about the sentence is the notion of living in constant fear. This is a classic example of anxiety. Understanding that I’m not a psychiatrist, I won’t be discussing Anxiety Disorder. What I’m offering you instead are a few tools to consider in getting back on track and possibly limiting anxious behavior. These tools are Connection, Permission, Action, and Compassion (CPAC).
When we feel anxious, we typically fall into a behavior of disconnection. Anxiety is feeling disconnected from yourself, other people, and the present moment. Part of healing from anxiety is reconnecting with your life. That’s the difficult part. One of the many things we can do is give ourselves permission to seek out what we want. It’s not selfish and it’s not shallow. No one can tell you what you want except for you. Others can guide you from their own experiences, but it’s up to you to decide. What if you can’t figure it out? Take a moment to look at the things you fear the most. You will discover that what you want is on the other side of what you fear.
Take action on the things that are holding you back. Real change happens when you do one thing differently than you did before. When you do a lot of things differently, you will start to make leaps and bounds because you can! When you feel stuck, think back at the person you want to be, and it will help you refocus.
One of the many things I try to do in life is to live with compassion. I’m not talking about the syrupy, flower giving, living on top of the world 24/7 type of compassion. I’m talking about being compassionate to myself and to others. Simply put, being a thoughtful and decent human being.
Have a great day living in balance through compassion,