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The Rut Less Traveled - You’ve got some nerve!

Article Date: 
20 April, 2012 (All day)


Have you ever had your nerves get the better of you?  Don’t feel bad, everybody has had experiences where their nerves of steel suddenly turned into nerves of aluminum.  From sports to special occasions, we’ve all choked or broke down in critical moments where our nervousness became our weakness.  The list seems endless of when our nerves made us swerve off the roads of life and get stuck in the ruts of regret: Game time, test time, talks, speeches, seminars, unpaid bills, a new job, dating, confrontation, interviews, fear of failure, flying, performances, and proposals, etc., etc.!  If only we could have a proxy for our missing moxie in those moments!  How do we get past our unnerving fears and conquer our cold feet with courage when it’s our time to shine?

First, when life throws down the gauntlet, or makes you an offer you can’t refuse, don’t let your determination become gone with the wind.  Otherwise, as time goes by you’ll feel like you’re eating the grapes of wrath the rest of your life, or that your box of chocolates is just full of empty wrappers.  No, life is not always elementary and there are trials along the trails that not even a spoonful of sugar can cure.  Especially when the path to glory is fraught with dangers and wuthering heights you may have to learn to depend on the kindness of strangers.  You might even be that stranger whose smile or helping hand steadies the weak knees of another.  After all, we all go a little mad sometimes!

Secondly, you may not always feel lucky, or like everybody wants to make your day.  You may not always feel like you can handle the truth, but don’t serve your nerves, or let regret be your constant companion.  Sometimes life seems inconceivable and some days your supercalifragilisticexpialidocious might not feel so super.  You may also find that even the yellow brick road has roadblocks and ruts.  And whether you find yourself in Iowa or Heaven, or realize you’re not in Kansas anymore, or will always have Paris, remember that there really is no place like home.  Even when you can’t phone home, or when the rain in Spain doesn’t stay mainly on the plain; you’ve got to realize that you don’t have to stop the storms, but rather learn to sing and dance through them.

Finally, never forget that it truly is a wonderful life and that tomorrow is another day.  I’m not saying you have to wake up every morning singing zip-a-dee-doo-dah, or yippee-ki-yi-yay, but if you want to hear the sound of music in your life again don’t head for the hills or fiddle around on the rooftops of regret.  You have to stop looking back through the rear window of your life.  Sure, parts of your past can hurt, but you can either keep running away from them, or face them and learn from them.  You’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.  Therefore, your running days are over.  It’s not game over!  It’s time to find the nerve to face your future.  Don’t show me the money, show me your courage!  Get out there and carpe diem!  That’s all I have to say about that.