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Six Word Saturday – Phobias

Really.  You say it’s Saturday again.  Time for Six Word Saturday

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Trump’s phobia is  fear of sharks

We learn that he is Galeophobic which, Wikipedia tells us is “an abnormally
large and persistent fear of sharks.” So now we have found something which the all-powerful President fears.  What do you fear?

I used to be scared of cats – Ailurophobia is defined as “the persistent, irrational fear of cats.”  This fear was alleviated by a series of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and now I can even stroke my grandson’s cat. My late husband – the DYS – would be horrified. I always told him he couldn’t bring a Siamese cat into the house;  if he did so I would leave.

I don’t know that I have any other phobias, but I have an aversion to snow and Wikipedia tells me that is – Chionophobia – the extreme dislike or fear of snow. Of course, I don’t fear it, but having lived with it in both Scotland and Montreal I choose not to go where it is. I much prefer the beach.

“What are fears but voices airy?
Whispering harm where harm is not.
And deluding the unwary
Till the fatal bolt is shot.”
William Wordsworth, English Romantic poet. 1770 -1850.

 

Notes
1.  I see that this post was started on January 27, 2018. I wonder what exciting thing drew me away from it.
And after publishing this post. I find that Six Word Saturday runs no more and the domain showmyface.com is available for sale.

 

 

 

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Where Did The Days Go?

I have just realized it is 14 days since I last wrote a blog post.  So where have all those days gone?

In the various courses that I run I always cover Habits and Attitudes.  We know that it takes 6 weeks for a habit to become almost automatic.  But we also know that it takes only a few days to break a habit.  So what happened to my blog-writing habit?  It was well ensconced for over a year.  If I didn’t make time for it during the day then I would certainly do something before I retired for the night.  But as with so many things, I said one day “Oh it wont matter if I don’t do it today.  I can miss one day.  I can do it tomorrow”.  Well tomorrow came and went, and all the succeeding tomorrows came and went too.  No excuse, no reason.

So apologies and here I am again.

Clown

With thanks to Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way for permission to use her photo.

Today I read a post from Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way.  The picture that accompanied the post made me laugh out loud.   I love clowns and always have since I was a little girl.  But I know that not everybody shares this love.  I do know that there is a phobia called Coulrophobia, a fear of clowns.  This is a very real fear and while there has been little scientific research into it a quick Internet search revealed 620 results. There are even websites dedicated to the subject, such as Ihateclowns.com, where coulrophobes gather to share their thoughts.

But moving back to Nancy’s clown with his laughing face, ridiculous clothes and cheery voice,  it came to me that the clown and his antics pretty much describe how life is for many of us.

When we are feeling down or dejected we put on our clown’s face.  We laugh and joke for our friends putting on what I describe as ‘our face for the public’.  Underneath we may not be smiling but we don’t want to impose our concerns and fears onto others.  Perhaps our nearest and dearest see through this act but the rest of the world buys it.  I remember in the awful weeks following my husband’s death, I wore my smiling clown’s face whenever I went out.  Many comments were received by my daughter on how well I was coping.  Oh really..

And it seems to be universally agreed that the clown is sad.  Reference the many songs about clowns, most of which tell a sad story.

  • Send in the Clowns
  • The Clown Song
  • Rodeo Clowns
  • The Tears of a Clown

And my favourite of these is of course, Send in the Clowns.  Many artists have performed it but I like this version.  Click here to hear Angela Lansbury aka Jessica Fletcher (another favourite) singing it.

But often, when life is back on an even keel and all is well with our world we are like the clown.  We laugh and sing and cavort, maybe even dress up in outlandish clothes to show the world how well we are doing.

Ronald McDonald

And probably the most famous clown of modern times is the ubiquitous Ronald McDonald.  As the face of the fast food giant we see him everywhere.  I bet he isn’t sad thinking about all the money his employer is making and hopefully sharing some with him.

Another rambling post but I do hope you got the gist of it.  The clown as a metaphor for life.