I told Blais: “When you were little, you used to trip and fall, too. You didn’t seem to mind. But I’d gasp and let out a big ‘Oh no!,’ rushing to you and asking if you were OK. You were so little – too little to tell me you weren’t hurt (toddlers don’t always hurt themselves when they fall.)
But my reaction startled you; it made you ‘realize’ something awful had happened, and only then you started to cry.”
I thought of this a bit more that night.
Often, when we find ourselves in difficult situations, it’s not the situation itself that scares us but the reactions of people around us.
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