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SoCS: Listen for the Lions, but Don’t Worry Too Much


Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “too/to/two.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Extra bonus points if you start your post with one. Enjoy!

Two ears and two eyes would be an evolutionary advantage over one eye and one ear. Two ears makes it easier to tell where the lions are. With only one ear, you’d have to turn your head, always wondering where the lions are. I’ll come back to that. Two eyes and two ears look better, or is that just a cultural thing? What I was getting to, in a round about way, is that we have two ears and two eyes, but only one mouth which would suggest that we should listen and watch more than we talk. That’s sorta how the saying goes. Are there any animals that have more than one mouth? A Venus fly trap, but that is not an animal. Would more than one mouth be too many? I’m not going to worry about it.

Recently, I had another example, a lesson, reminding me not to worry too much. You might remember that I mentioned needing to step back from a group I was in, a weekly zoom meeting. It wasn’t a good fit anymore for my schedule or my energy. I worried about what and how to tell the friend who ran the group. I constructed an email with limited explanations of why I wanted to take a break from the group. I ended up texting or emailing something more simple – just that I was taking a break from the group. She didn’t ask why as I thought she would. What she wrote was that she had been getting tired of the group too (!). I didn’t need to explain anything! She has since decided to disband the group. The lesson (without the codependent notion that I caused the group to end) is that I spent way too much time worrying about how she would react to my absence.

How many times have I worried about something that never happened? Too many. Maybe writing this will help me remember, not to worry too much. Or maybe not to worry at all!

I think I’ll take a break from worrying. Maybe it’s a privilege some don’t have. But I hope there will be moments of peace here and there for everyone.

There are plenty of metaphorical lions, but I have nothing against actual lions. I just want to know where they are. Coincidentally, but not really, my CNN Good stuff newsletter has an article this morning about Tanzania’s Lion Defenders who just want to keep track of where they are. That might pop up in my Good News Tuesday post.


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

25 thoughts on “SoCS: Listen for the Lions, but Don’t Worry Too Much

  1. I had the same experience with a zoom group. I started it and was the host. Then I asked for a co-host: I didn’t want to do it every week. Now I’m not attending at all: I was not enjoying it and don’t miss it.
    But I’ll know where to find a panel of experts if I really do need advice. lol

    • It’s a lot to be responsible for a zoom meeting every week. To everything there is a season. There’s always a panel of experts somewhere. 🙂

  2. Love the anecdote about you and your friend’s group. Wish every situation like this could end so painlessly! Have a great day, JoAnna! ❤

  3. We also have one nose but two nostrils ☺️ we really need the sense of smell to get wind of those Lions 💜💜

  4. Please let me know the trick to stop worrying. 😉

  5. To stop worrying needlessly has been a constant struggle for me over the years. I’ve found that the lion has a way of sneaking up on you when you minimize, ignore, or deny the risk.

  6. I generally don’t worry much. I don’t know anything that would have turned out better had I been worrying about it.

  7. First fun, followed by profundity

  8. Isn’t that always the case. We worry about something that turns out is no big deal. We have many parables in my religious path that speak of the same thing. It’s nice not to worry isn’t it?

  9. I’ve found that writing things down helps slow my forever racing thoughts. Sometimes I’m able to empty a small space to breathe and other times no one wants to leave my mind. Day by day… Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart ~🕊

    • Writing certainly does help. I’m thankful for those small spaces to breathe and that you shared this experience, Linda. Peace and blessings to you.

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