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Face-to-Face with Social Anxiety
Leaning in to our fears about people...

 

I want to talk about social anxiety. This is a subject that hits close to home for me, because it’s something I’ve struggled with from a very young age, and continue to manage on a daily basis. It’s also becoming a silent epidemic in our culture. Technology and the internet is making social isolation convenient and easy, and fanning the flame of social anxiety.

Where The Fruit Is

Thoughts on risk, therapy, and transformation

 

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair.
We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical.
Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”  --Annie Dillard

 

 

 

Growing up, my Dad would play
his favorite records each night after dinner.

 

This would mean that my young brain would be awash in the lyrical poem-songs of Simon and Garfunkel, Judy Collins, the Moody Blues or the Beatles (their introspective and psychedelic years, of course.) Those records disappeared in time, as did those after dinner sessions, but for me, they created a lasting imprint of the poetry of emotion on my young heart.

 

What is the phrase again?
The longest journey begins with a single step?
Or perhaps today it might be more apt to say keystroke.

 


But really, a single thought. Because everything can be traced back to a single idea, a single thought. The mind is the source of our ideas and our ideas are the foundation of our actions, and consequently influences how we play our part in life around us.