“Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop.” – Claude Pepper, American Politician
Here is the lesson from the story Fred’s Fearful Encounter. To check out the story click here: https://relmes.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=377
Now you may think that this is just a story about a crazy cat, but it more than just that.
Poor Fred is not that much different than you or me……….
When we are put into situations that are foreign to us, situations that take us out of our comfort zones, like Fred’s house, it is easy to be overcome by our fear of the unknown, just like Fred did.
And it is at those times when our minds like to play games with us and turn a normally safe situation into one that we believe is dangerous.
It has been said that the word fear is really an acronym, which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real and wasn’t that the case with Fred in that lobby.
In reality, there was no danger at all, but in Fred’s mind, the pain of being attacked by other cats everywhere he turned, certainly looked and felt real. And that shows that awesome power that our mind has, to deceive and embellish situations in order to validate our fears.
but I’m sure to Fred the Fear meant, Forget Evidence And Run.
Now what would have happened if Fred took another approach to that very same situation and viewed the changes in his life as an adventure?
He would have discovered the joy of playing on boxes, the excitement of riding in a car and possibly the friendship of another cat that was always there to greet him, every time he walks through that lobby.
You see when we experience life and its many changes we step outside of our comfort zones and we expand, just like a balloon that is filled with air.
And the result is that once we expand ourselves, our comfort zones never quite go back to the same size as it was before the experience. And we have the capacity to do more, be more and enjoy more of the wonderful experiences life has to offer.
So next time you are in a similar situation, feel the fear, and push through the pain, because as Dolly Parton put it, “If you want to see the rainbow, you have to put up with a little rain.”
My head hit the pillow but I still couldn’t sleep. My body was so exausted, but my mind was racing.
I had just logging 16 1/2 hours for Elections Canada, working as a Central Poll Supervisor (running 2 large polls and leading 7 others) for the Canadian Federal Election at the University of Guelph, but yet I was still juiced.
Now I am not one of those people who follow every move in politics, but I do stay abreast of most of the issues. Although I don’t endorse any one particular party, but I do love the idea that I of all people have a say in who will represent me and my riding in Parliment.
The cool thing about being stationed at the University was that many of the voters were exercising their privaledge to vote for the first time.
These students were excited to be able to have a say in how their country will move forward.
Wouldn’t it be nice if more potential voters thought this way.
I remember a piece of advice that my Grade 7 History teacher (who was teaching us about politics) shared with us when he said,
“When every you have an opportunity to vote… vote.
Even if you don’t know what the issues are or even care about the issues at that time.
Vote anyway. (Even if you just spoil your ballat)
Because even if you don’t care about the issues then, someday you may care about some issue and you still want to have the privaledge to have your say.
Many countries around the world would love to have this privaledge. To have their voice heard. To be able to influence (even in a small way) the world they live in.
And if we don’t exercise that privaledge, we may find that one day that privaledge may be taken away from us. “
I have never forgotten that advice and I am proud to say that I have voted in every election that I have been eligable for.
And although this Canadian Election is over, there will be others (ie. United States Presidential Election and other Federal Provincial and Municipal Elections) and I hope many more young people exercise their privaledge to vote.