My dogs LOVE to ride in the truck. In fact, you have to body block them any time you open the truck door so they don’t jump in. They sit in the back, looking out the windows and enjoying the breeze. Sometimes Roxy will refuse to leave and will just hang out, with the doors open, for over an hour.
Today was a new experience for my dogs. I needed to get the truck washed so I decided to take them both. Roxy, my fierce protector, had a completely different reaction than Lou Lou, my young and exuberant dog.
As the employees of the car wash started washing the windows and bumpers, Roxy started barking and charging the windows as if they were going to do us harm. Lou Lou tried to jump into the front seat to sit in my lap (she weighs about 65 lbs). I stopped Lou Lou from jumping over the seat, but she moved to the floor in the back, as far from the windows as possible and was peeking over the front seat to keep an eye on me. Roxy continued to bark as each new thing touched the car. First the long vertical flaps, back and forth, back and forth. Next the spinning fabric that moves into and around the truck. There were streams of water, more flaps, more spinning. Roxy still barking and on high alert. Lou Lou was still on the back seat floor boards eyes wide open, silent and not sure what reaction to have. After a few minutes we were all done. The truck rolled out the end of the car wash, I put it in gear, and pulled over to adjust my mirrors. Both dogs resumed sitting calmly on the back seat looking out the windows.
Do you ever get a little anxious or fearful when faced with something new? How do you react? One item I have addressed with my Abundance Cubed coach Noam Kostucki this year was how do I deal with fear. One of the questions he asked me explored how do I work through fear?
I spent some time processing this question and here was my response.
“Feeling the fear and pushing through it makes me more brave and willing to take more risks. It also opens up possibilities to success and failure. I feel both success and failure are opportunities to learn and grow. It doesn’t make it less scary to walk into that fear. Often I find out that I am creating unnecessary fear because I am uncomfortable and it is unknown. Being aware that fear sometimes makes me hesitate allows me to actually look at it and think about what is the worst thing that can happen and ask is it really worth being afraid.”
Answering Noam’s question made me rethink my reaction when I am anxious or fearful. I now think about these emotions, take a deep breath and process the situation. It has been amazing how quickly I am able to push through the fear and look forward to what will happen next.
So when faced with a new uncertain scenario, do you react like Roxy, in your face angry, or Lou Lou, hide and hope it goes away? Try asking yourself, how do you work through fear?
Recommended Viewing: Angie and her kids did another wonderful video for us about planting tomatoes. Liesl and Bennett get a lesson from Gina and Nydia.
Did You Know that the flower top on garlic is called a Garlic Scape? We break off these scapes so the garlic plant focuses its energy forming the bulb which gives us large garlic cloves. These scapes are tasty and delicious and can be used just like garlic. They are only available for a few weeks each year. We have been harvesting them this week so if you want to try something new and step outside your comfort zone, come by our farm stand at Brighton’s Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm or at the farm on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm.