Tag: Fear


Storytelling, Spells and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include connecting through storytelling, the masks we wear, why we should have ‘Slip and Fall in the Bathtub Week’ rather than ‘Shark Week’, and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Colorful Storytelling “It’s amazing to see so much diversity in the crowd. It shows you the meaning and the purpose of a story like this…When we’re singing ‘Look What......

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Fear, ISIS and the American Way: A Refugee's Reflections on 35 Years in the United States

Fear is an odd thing. A fearful instinct telegraphs an imminent danger to you, allowing you to be alert and protective. Fear in the wake of national tragedy or an act of terrorism is a common response. What we do with such fear in the wake of ISIS attacks and threats will reflect the best or the worst of our humanity, values, and character. For many Americans it also a spiritual question about the soul of what makes us American. My life took an unexpected turn in 1980. I was hurriedly sent......

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Inclusive Prayer, Long-Distance Loss and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include letting go of the past, the difference between anxiety and fear, a gathering space for all faiths, long-distance loss… and more. Whatever is transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Letting Go “I simply don’t have the capacity to worry about as many things that I used to really enjoy worrying about…which is really therapeutic, ’cause I can really hold a......

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Ghost Stories Live on For a Reason

There always seems to be an explanation. At least on Scooby Doo there is. After spending the episode chasing after some apparent paranormal disturbance, the gang invariably discovered that it was “old Mr. Peterson” all along, wearing a mask in order to scare the rightful heirs out of their inheritance…or something. In other words, everything makes sense – nothing to see here. But then, just at the story’s end, there would be an unexplained howl, as if to say: Not so fast. Even though Scooby Doo was just a cartoon, in the......

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The Gift of Recognizing What's in Your Way

When I was an MFA student at Bennington many years ago, I had a poetry mentor named Jason Shinder who used to say, “Whatever gets in the way of the work, is the work.” He was talking about poetry, of course. Whatever is getting in the way of writing poems, that’s precisely what I need to be bringing into my poetry. Is something in my life keeping me too busy to write poems? Or is something in my life distracting me from the inner work required to write poems with heart? Whatever......

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Defending Yourself Against Life Is No Way to Live

How best to keep yourself on the path to maximum success and happiness? Or, at the very least, avoid finding yourself in situations you come to regret? Those were the questions that animated much of a long New Year’s lunch I enjoyed recently with friends. Perhaps it was the time of year, perhaps it was the wine; probably, it was a bit of both. While it’s clear that we can’t protect ourselves against all the tough stuff that life throws our way, we can make decisions that position us to enjoy life......

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Kobe Bryant Shows Us Greatness... with Failure

It is natural to feel a fear of failure and mistakes and easy to say we need to get over it. But recently we saw how greatness and failure are intricately intertwined. Los Angeles Lakers superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant, playing in his 19th NBA season, became the all-time leader in missed shots in the NBA a week ago when he missed his 13,418th shot. No one in the history of the NBA has missed this many shots and no one will probably ever miss more. One of the greatest players in......

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A Meeting of Cultures: Lessons from a Jazz Great - Week in Wisdom

Have you ever left a concert not only feeling joyful and connected to everyone but also knowing you just experienced something that transcended the music itself – that revealed wisdom about life? On Saturday evening I had the privilege of hearing one of the greatest salsa singers in the world – the Panamanian superstar Ruben Blades – together with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. This unprecedented collaboration had Blades singing his own distinctive salsa hits from the 70’s and 80’s alongside and mixed with American jazz standards. The......

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Let Your Bravery Take the Lead

If someone asked me to describe myself, I don’t think I’d include “brave” in my answer. I tend to prefer safe and peaceful as opposed to adventurous and extreme. But the bravery is there. I’ve had experiences where I’ve been in danger, or where I chose to step up to the plate to help another person who was in danger. In other words, I’ve been in the right place, at the right time, when the universe presented the chance for me to dig deep into my well of courage and take my......

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