Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The ABCs of Feelings - B

Continuing my feelings series - the letter B.
B is for feeling Brave
(again, kudos go to Alexandra Delis-Abrams, PhD for this feelings communication tool).

The questions is, when did you feel brave?

I felt brave the day I drove 75 miles to interview for my first Foster Family Social Worker job. It was a perfect job for my skill set and family situation. I got to work from home (imagine that!), work with families in my location, and they gave the dude a beeper.

I was so scared - I hadn't had a formal job (not counting my traineeship) in 4 years. As I was driving to the interview, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers came on and I knew I was in the will of the Ancient of Days and everything would be alright.

I tried 3 times to embed a youtube acoustical version - to no avail - they explain that havering is an ancient Scots word for talking rubbish. It's a good version, just the 2 of them. Oh well.

It turned out to be a perfect job for me. I did it for 3 years, was able to be home for the kids, for the most part, and I learned a lot.

Can you think of a time when you felt brave?


  1. Love the story and the song!

    I am not a very brave person, as a rule. In fact, when I try to think of moments of bravery, I recall moments of fear. I didn't feel brave until after the moment had passed and I'd gotten through it in one piece.

  2. laura - i think that you got through it proves that you were brave!

  3. Thanks for stopping by CFN, never been here before...Like the fishies, a lot!
    OT: Emotions are like crayons: They are to be used to color our lives, not left in our pockets to cause trouble when our trousers go thru the dryer...Don't ask me how I know this.

    Laura b: Bravery is what happens when you reach down fear's throat, grab it by the tail & turn it inside out!

    all the best!

  4. I am a terrible chicken! I can more easily recall the times I have been scared. But driving away from Max to come live here was a brave day for me.I am no spring chick and starting over while wonderful and fun is still a scary thing!

    I love the Proclaimers!

  5. galt - you're welcome!

    i like the fishies, too!

    re: crayons - or left in the car on a hot summer day!

  6. Ananda - Driving away from Max must has caused some tears. But know that you did a great job with him (and all of them!), and this new life of yours is good for all of you!!!!!!

    I love the Proclaimers, too!

  7. I'm a big chicken for some things and a total brave fool over others. A big gator swimming under the canoe I was paddling didn't scare me as much as a dragonfly lighting next to me. I am phobic about bugs invading my space.

  8. One night there were a couple of guys giving a (female) cashier at a 7-11 a hard time, I could tell she was scared. I played it cool, bought my stuff and went to my car which was right in front of the store. I knew there was no way that I was going to leave her there alone with them. I considered my options (I thought of what a burden it is to be a good guy.) and went back in to confront them. I was working on the baddest ward (5B) at a mental hospital, so I was use to "fighting" crazy people but still, I was a little surprised at my lack of fear. About that time two cops walked in so I went on my way. Afterward I thought "That was like a test, and I passed, alright!"

  9. cube - yikes! gators! yikes! big dragonflies are creepy, too, but probably couldn't eat me in two bites!

    you are absolutely brave if gators don't scare you (or maybe you're just used to them....)

  10. texla- you sound muy macho! both bad guys in 7-11 and crazy people scare me. (in fact, aren't they one in the same?)

    as for passing the test - good for you! i usually fail those little life tests...

  11. That was back when I was bigger and stronger, I'd probably just call the cops now days.