Category Archives: Fear

A Transition: My Ups, Downs and Letting Go

college_orientationOur lives are propelled by transitions. Sometimes they are welcome; other times, not so much. Some we choose, while others may be forced upon us. And, even though, we may know that we are entering a certain transition, that realization doesn’t necessarily make it easier to process. That is how I feel about my latest transition: my only child going off to college. Continue reading

Discovering the Power of Empathy

Angels LandingA couple of weeks ago, I found myself feeling a little down, which could have been a result of mid-winter’s gray skies and cold temperatures, but I connected these doldrums to my job dissatisfaction. This is not a new scenario for me, not by any means. Those close to me are very familiar with my discontent with the professional realm. I want to be using my language skills and experience on a day-to-day basis, and know I should be proactive in looking for a situation that would allow me to do just that. And that is exactly what is so perplexing and upsetting: my lack of initiative to act on this important personal goal. Continue reading

Do You Need a Hug?

Harry hugging our cat TwylaA warm and fuzzy light bulb went off for me last week. It happened one evening when I returned home a little later than usual. My cat Twyla greeted me at the door wanting a belly rub, and then my son came over to give me a hug. Naturally, both were welcome exchanges after a long day. As I was basking in the tenderness of this “home sweet home” moment, Continue reading

Beyond Our Fears

My Own Milky Way:  Narrows at Zion National ParkFear is a powerful emotion that is actually encoded in our DNA. It is part of our survival mechanism. Different kinds of fear make it tricky to define this four-letter word, which should never be underestimated. It carries a lot of weight, involves multiple scenarios–both real and imaginary–and seems incredibly complex to even touch on in one post, but I’ve decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Fear of Flying Begone

My Own Milky Way: Streb Trapeze AcademyIf you were invited to participate in a trapeze class, would you do it? I was asked that question a few years back. At the time, the closest I had come to aerial acrobatics was cartwheels. I often walked past a trapeze school, located on the top of a building, and would see the acrobats flying through the air with the sky as their backdrop. It was an impressive and incredibly daring site, but not something I envisioned for myself. Continue reading