Giant Green Tomato Worm–Redux

OtH masthead  smallDear Colleagues,

It’s summer, so I have to talk about giant green tomato worms. A decade ago in my first real garden I found a GIANT green tomato worm. It was as big around as my thumb and longer, much longer. As it turned it’s face to me, I half expected it to start talking to me, like in a cartoon.

I realized that under my fascination I was still scared of it, wanting to remove it from my tomatoes so I’d have a few to eat myself, but not wanting to touch it, or even go near it with gloves. Then I saw how zany I was being.

The worm is not poisonous or threatening in any real way. I realized that my fear of this worm is like most fears in my life–made larger by my mind than the reality of the situation calls for.

Photo courtesy of Univ of MD

Photo courtesy of Univ of MD

I think most humans have irrational fears. I think the fastest way to let them go is to let ourselves feel them fully. So I am sharing my top fears here in an attempt to feel and let go:

  • Nervous about walking into a business networking event
  • Afraid that no one will come to the party I am throwing, or meet me at the restaurant where we plan to have lunch
  • Having a hard time getting started on a project, though I know I will enjoy it once I am going
  • Saying “I’m sorry” when it’s really important

I have a couple of practices (when I remember them) that help me move through these fearful stages!

  • Ask myself if it’s truly something I want. If yes, this helps me take that important first step. If no, it helps me to let it go and put my energy to more productive use.
  • Do one thing to get started. Write the first sentence, look up the phone number, or draft the email with no name in the “To” field.
  • Think about the bigger picture, or longer term (yeah, I know I say this a lot…it’s that powerful).

What are the giant green tomato worms in your work?  Do any of these techniques resonate with you?

What techniques do you have?  Please share by posting a comment.

Continued success!

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