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Thomas Maples

Inspirational Quote

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

A Philosopher’s Corner

Analysis Paralysis. Ever have it? It is real. For us bloggers, we may view it as writer’s block. But whatever form it takes, the underlying emotion of anxiety can cause even the strongest-hearted to freeze over in perpetual “what ifs.” But why is this the case?

Anxiety is a natural emotion. Its energy ebbs, it constricts, yet it does this to prime the physiological state to act. When in a state of fear, the nervous system will muster up the energy needed to keep the organism alive, prompting the fight or flight response. It is usually in this reactive state that we see fear and anger negatively. However, as I have touched upon in previous articles, no emotion is negative in and of itself. They are simply energy currents we enlist to create the movement needed to effect an outcome. Hopefully, that outcome exists in a direction you have willed to manifest in your life through a rightfully trained mind.

A bird needs no excuses. They outgrow the nest and jump. They don’t turn to the justification that it is too high, too hard, or what if they fail. They take a blind leap of faith, and through determination, they learn to soar high to their goal.

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Raymond Bradbury took a leap of faith like this. Look where his willingness to fly brought him.

With respect. Namaste, my friends. May blessings find you on your journey to advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.

2 comments on “Courage to Fly

  1. Dr. Thomas Maples – Stockton, California – Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and the founder of The Stockton Therapy Network. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has helped many people resolve interpersonal conflict, heal from the emotional distress, and overcome mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and issues that result from personality disorders. He also specializes in helping couples resolve interpersonal problems, marital discord, and parent / child relationship conflicts by helping his clients identify the sources of relationship conflict, find areas of growth they can agree to engage, and setting a plan to enact those changes to assure relational growth. As a researcher and writer, Dr. Maples focuses on developmental, analytical, and psychoanalytic methods of psychology. Through his writings, Dr. Tom has helped countless people understand, plan, and implement effective paths to reach optimal psychological, spiritual, and physiological development. "Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams."
    Dr. Thomas Maples says:

    It seems like it would be a blind leap of faith but it is in taking that step that we build the fortitude needed to advance confidently in the direction of our dreams. Thank you for commenting.

  2. kegarland – K E Garland is a creative nonfiction writer whose primary goal is to amplify women's voices and to demarginalize and personalize societal issues regarding women.
    kegarland says:

    Very true. I’m in the process of developing more personal power, so this is timely.

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