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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Dragon and the Damsel







Stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy.  I seem to have a major problem with doing this, therefore, I tend to avoid confrontation.  When I do have to confront a problem, I am likely obsessing about it beforehand for sometime.  This way I rehearse the coming "event" and try to get a handle on whatever way I think it will go.  Of course, I am imagining the worse case scenario in my mind, and I am most likely stressing about the "event" to a great or less degree depending on what the problem is.

You see, anxiety rules me to an extent, and the old cortisol tends to flow in my veins a little too often.  This isn't good for my heart and my health in the long run.

I curse the fairy tale endings and all of the romantic movies where happy ever after reins.  You see I am still waiting for my knight to rescue me.

The crazy thing is I have a knight.  But, he can't rescue me--only I can do this.

My knight cannot rescue me from the slipping economy.  My knight cannot rescue me from lack of work.  All he can do is offer some support and that helps somewhat.  I would have to be my own knight, and I try to, but, some dragons are bigger than others.

I am afraid of these dragons.  They are not the dragons of old, however.  These dragons just wanted to grab damsels and eat them or burn your castle down--they could be beaten.  These are the dragons that may not respect women.  They are the dragons who try to squeeze the last drop of blood out of you; they do not care about you personally.  What they care about beating you out of a couple of bucks, and in this economy there are a lot of damsels up for grabs.  And so it goes--to quote Kurt Vonnegut.

I do believe that women need to stand up for each other.  Oftentimes we are all that we have. to keep the dragons at bay.

So, keep the faith, baby!  Think positive thoughts and pass them of with a hug and a smile.

Here's a poem for you from my unpublished book, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader!

Peace,

Joan

I Can’t “Stands” No More!


Were you ever overcome
By an emotional upheaval
Where you felt that you just
Could not take it any more?
Your head’s relief valve
Was stuck on overload
You couldn’t possibly jump
Through one more hoop
Kiss one more butt
Smile one more smile
Your good nature
Had run out of gas
Has this happened to you, dear reader?

Welcome to middle life!
You have reached an impasse
A stage I’ll call:
I’ve handled this
My whole life, but
I can’t stand it for another minute!
You will find yourself
Echoing your elders
The phrase “I’m too old
To put up with this!”
Falling from your tongue
Before your brain recognizes
The unoriginal sentiment,
With some misgivings

Don’t be too hard on yourself
All that you can perceive
From this consternation
Can be simply stated:
Your body and mind
Are ready to retire
But, your bank account is not!