“Every very time you are tempted to react in the same old way,
ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”
— Deepak Chopra
Coivd-19 has caused both socially recognized and personally specific threats. This generates a social dialog different from what’s spoken about within the family, and different again from the dialog that we speak to ourselves.
Personal anxieties have a limited scope. If you’re worried about your relationship, your children, or your finances, then there are things you can do or plan to do that offer an alternative. There are situations you can change and other environments you can enter in order to relieve or distract yourself. The pandemic does not allow such respite.
People are emotionally driven social animals to a greater degree than we admit. Our emotions and intellect attempt to work in synchrony. Our emotions provide the context for which our intellect improvises notions of cause and effect. We think our actions follow the sense we’ve made of things, but the sense we make is more like a veneer we lay over the landscape of our emotions.
“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind.
If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
— Arthur Somers Roche, writer
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