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Oceans For Emotions: Some call it anxiety attacks; some call it anxiously awaiting

Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2010 at 5:22 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

By Elaine Wheat

Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

- Luke 2:10

Today, I almost didn't go fishing. It was really a close call. Yesterday, I declared that tomorrow would be "National Stay-at-Home-Day-and-Do-Tacky-Have-To-Do- Things-Day. It was the sun's fault. It rose.

As I sat drinking my first cup of coffee, I watched that sunrise. I knew that down at the coast those same rays were bouncing off the sea's surface like drifting diamonds. Where I sat, those same rays just sank into the cement and were gone.

Now, why should anyone have to watch the cement rather than the sea? One has to continually decide what is important in life.

Having decided that I could do tacky, little important things tonight, while the sun slept, I performed my famous "fish drill" and was flying down to the beach road in just 18 minutes flat. A fish drill is like a fire drill, but more fun. One must also continually challenge records, too.

I don't think life should be like eating oatmeal, every bite the same. Oatmeal is OK, but boring. Life can be the same way if we don't do things spontaneously.

I guess we are all different. I know some people who actually choose to live in "Valium Valley" where it is totally anxiety free. Some people never get stage fright because they never have an opening night or even a performance. Some people never get "butterflies" because they don't have ballgames, parades or contests. You really don't get sunburned in the shade. You just stay cool, but never hot.

A friend of mine was describing her anxiety attacks to me. She said that her heart would race, her hands would turn clammy and shake, her breath became shallow and rapid, and she would have a funny feeling in her stomach.

I said, "Wow, I have those feelings, too - every time I go fishing. Isn't it strange how we call it anxiety when we don't want to do something and anxiously awaiting when we do.

Dear Lord, You walked on the water to teach us that faith will keep us up and fear will pull us down. Help us to learn that faith is fun and help us not to be afraid to try it.

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