Training vs. Trying
“What we hope to do with ease we must first learn to do with diligence.” (Samuel Johnson)
Keeping your cool when you want to flip out is one of the best things you can do for everyone. It’s also one of the hardest. Remaining calm in the midst of chaos is hard work — especially if you’re new to this whole idea. Being ScreamFree is never easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.
It does, however, get easier the more you do it. Your “adulthood” is like a muscle. It gets stronger with use. Just like you might not be able to run a marathon right now — even if you really tried really hard — there are things you could begin doing now that will one day enable you to do what you cannot currently do by sheer force of will. That’s the power of training.
One of these days, you’ll surprise yourself with how calm, cool, and connected you are able to remain when you normally would have lost it. You can make being ScreamFree your default setting, but it doesn’t just happen because you want it to. And it doesn’t happen just because you try really hard; it happens when you train really hard.