Let’s begin with an acknowledgment that the term moody is used to describe a very wide range of feelings and behaviors. At its most extreme, moodiness is known clinically as bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic-depressive).
How superstitious are you? While most of us associate superstition with primitive cultures and backward people, I find superstitious beliefs and behaviors rampant in our modern, urbane society.
Our behavior, thoughts and emotions are driven in great part by forces we are only vaguely aware of at best, our unconscious (UCS) minds. Though this may be considered by some to be a daring statement (some would even say untrue), I have found it, in both my personal and professional experience, to be the case. I will attempt to demonstrate my point to you, but first, a little background.
Let me preface my comments about the value of talents with a little story, courtesy of St. Matthew, 25:14-30.
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Did you ever wonder why people can become so attached to self-defeating behaviors? It defies logic. Why would someone continue to emit behaviors that are harmful to themselves and others? Why not just let them go?
When was the last time you had a good, solid cry? If you are a woman, it was probably fairly recently. If you are a man, it may have been quite some time ago. Women are reported to cry about five times as often as men. They are even more prone to tears during the months following childbirth, during the peak of their menstrual cycle and during menopause.
The feeling of loneliness is a universal experience, part and parcel of the human condition. Everyone feels lonely at least some of the time. Where people differ is in how often they feel lonely and how they respond to the feeling when it occurs. While the experience of loneliness is fairly straightforward, the root causes are fairly complicated.
How would you rate yourself when it comes to taking chances? I don’t mean silly chances, like walking through the woods sampling every mushroom you may find, but considered growth opportunities. The concept of intentionally and willingly taking on challenges in your life that will afford growth opportunities. This is the topic I would like to examine today.