Thursday, April 9
“These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
A phrase called “fight or flight” is often used to describe human physiological reaction to fear. But that phrase almost always leaves out a third option: freeze. Deer do that when your headlights shine in their eyes. Their first reaction is to freeze.
The fight-or-flight response, also known as the acute stress response, refers to a physiological reaction that occurs in the presence of something that is terrifying, either mentally or physically. The response is triggered by the release of hormones that prepare your body to either stay and deal with a threat or to run away to safety.
The term ‘fight-or-flight’ represents the choices that our ancient ancestors had when faced with danger in their environment. They could either fight or flee. In either case, the physiological and psychological response to stress prepares the body to react to the danger. (Sourced from Levi Keehler, Consulting and Counseling for Community Change, PLLC and The Very Well Mind)
Journal: Write an essay on how you naturally respond when you feel fear. Do you fight, run away, or freeze? What do you wish you would do in response to fear? Discuss something you fear and how you wish to respond.
Song of the Day: Life’s Been Good, Joe Walsh
Friday, April 10
“You could tell right away that Alex was intelligent,” Westerberg reflects, draining his third drink. “He read a lot. Used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often. A couple of times I tried to tell him it was a mistake to get too deep into that kind of stuff, but Alex got stuck on things. He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.” ~Into the Wild, Chapter 3
When I was young there was a place off in a field where I would go by myself. There was a little stream out there and a big tree had fallen across the stream. I would go out there and climb up on that tree to daydream and watch the tadpoles flit around in the water under my feet. That was my secret place. If my parents got in a fight or I felt sad, even when I was happy, I loved to go there just to be silent and peaceful.
Journal: Where do you go when you need to find some peace? Do you have a secret place? If so, describe for me what it looks like. If you don’t have a secret place, imagine a place that would be perfect for you. Describe your perfect secret place. What does it look like?
Song of the Day:
Something Big by Shawn Mendes