Feelings · Mindfulness · Motivation · Personal thoughts · Self-growth

#notetoself: Don’t be trigger-happy

Trigger-happy (adj.): 1) having a tendency or desire to shoot a firearm before adequately identifying the target 2) tending to act rashly or without due consideration.

This is one of my favorite idioms lately. Why? Because making a decision rashly is just as irresponsible as shooting a gun in the wrong direction. Making a decision just because you feel under its pressure – too irresponsible. If you feel that you’re not ready, you are not ready for a reason. We all have moments or periods when we feel uncertain, lost and frustrated – when everything’s a total mess. There is a commonly heard and read wise advice: just make a move, take the next step and listen to your guts, your feelings. And this is a great advice indeed.. if you’re in that lucky situation, that you actually happen to know what the right thing to do is, or when you at least have a strong feeling about it, or when you know how you feel at all. But if you’re stuck in the middle of a “Can anybody tell me what the heck is going on?!” puddle, than it’s nearly impossible to know which way to go.

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All we can do in situations like this (and what we HAVE TO do) is: to wait. Slow down. Just chill. Let’s invite uncertainty to our dirty puddle and spend some time with it. Talk with it. Say to it: I will do it, once I’ll be ready. And you can interpret this sentence literally as well. I think there’s nothing wrong with personifying our feelings and talking to them once in a while, or if you don’t want to feel like a total psycho – write to them. As if you were just chatting with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. 

“Hi Uncertainty; welcome Fear; it’s been such a long time that I last saw you, Sadness.. I really appreciate that you found the time to stop by, but unfortunately I’m too busy with my friends, Serenity, Satisfaction and Happiness, so please: go fuck around somebody else. Someone who cares about you. Kisses!” 

Don’t do something just to do something – just because somebody would judge you, let’s say. Take the pressure off of your shoulder and just relax. Sometimes this is the best we can do – the best decision. So please: don’t be trigger-happy. 

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