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Oh what a difference a couple of vowel movements can make! Swap an "A" for an "O" - and change begins to flow; then a final "E" for an "O" and off we really go!
Two words with the same framework of consonants and one shared vowel in the same place: W-rri-r, but what a different outcome! Of course, the vowel they both share in the same place is the identifying letter, "I". "I" is the decision-maker!
I've been a professional Worrier for years - paralysed by fears.
But I'd rather be a Warrior, ready for action. And I think that this is the difference that makes a difference: taking action. When I focus on worrying, I become frozen and inactive. Everything seizes and ceases. But if I seize the moment and take action, everything changes. Sometimes gradually; sometimes dramatically.
I can't pretend to be brave, but perhaps being courageous doesn't require one to be brave?
Perhaps the courageous person is the one who takes action when other people hesitate?
Through the eyes of my inner Worrier, I have some impossible challenges before me - 50 years of clutter and mess to sort, save or shed.
Through the eyes of my inner Warrior, I have a plan: one box at a time, one shelf at a time, one cupboard at a time. It's not a battle like so many dear people are having to face for their future at the moment - I am not in dire straits, so it's important to have a sense of perspective. But emotionally, it is a battle for me.
We are all in a tug of war between our Inner Worrier and our Inner Warrior. Today, I would appeal to your Inner Warrior and simply ask, "What's the first physical action you can take?"
I wish you a courageous day!
A Moodscope member.