Saturday, May 16, 2009

Find the Right Risk

A discovery by Mamie, who is definitely the Quote Queen:

"If you have no anxiety, the risk you face is probably not worthy of you. Only risks you have outgrown don't frighten you." - David Viscott

I've also noticed that sometimes I go straight from scared to bored. Scared is better. But it would be nice to linger at comfortably interested. I'm always imagining other people are having that experience.

Another good quote from this Viscott fellow: "There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it, and you can."

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Debra W said...

Gosh, Peggy and Mamie, I used to listen to David Viscott when he was on the radio for many, many years! He was quite harsh with people, at times, but always got to the center of the issue. Good guy. Passed away too young.

Thank you for posting these wonderful quotes. Peggy, like you, I often go from fear to indifference. I sometimes feel like I get stuck in the fear for a very long time and in order to remove myself from it, I have to convince myself that I just don't care. I guess that it feels better to know that I'm not the only one.

How do you get yourself to move past the fear?

Peggy Payne said...

All I know to do, Debbie, is to keep doing the scary thing. Mostly that works. Although I'm still scared sometimes immediately before teaching; that one never seems to wear off.

Interesting that you listened to Viscott. He wasn't on any of my stations. I don't like the harsh style myself, but it seems to be very popular on the radio.