How To Break Up With Fear

What do you do when fear suddenly consumes your life?

Do you:
  1. Bury your head under the covers and watch Disney movies on Netflix?
  2. Get to work constructing a Parallel Universe Machine so you can hop dimensions?
  3. Take to Facebook and proclaim your undying hatred for bigots and racists and misogynists (oh my!)?
So many choices, you don’t know what to do with yourself, right? Well, I took the liberty of exploring them all for you to save you some time, and have come up with a few tidbits of knowledge to share for the trouble. My first discovery? Two of the three above options are dead ends.

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I’m still working on the Probability Drive for the Parallel-Dimension Hopping Machine. I’ll get back to you on that one.

My second discovery is going to take a whole blog post to explain, so bear with me. The story, it goeth thusly:
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SHARING IS CARING: The Power of Empathy

Long time no see, folks! It looks like this “Sharing is Caring” tag is going to be a personal compendium of Things That Give Me Faith In Humanity. So along those lines, I wanted to share something I accidentally tripped over recently.

I’m working on writing a new project–and, as with all my new projects, the process requires me to look like I know what I’m doing. As I work out the basics of the story, I’m doing a bunch of research on things with lovely psychological terms like “mirror neurons”, “antisocial personality disorders”, and “empathic reflection”…

I'm so smart.

I’m so smart.

…and while doing this research, I found this incredibly touching video. I wanted to share it with you. The story, it goeth thusly:

I find this story so powerful. During a brutal war, this man chose to empathize with his enemy rather than demonize him, and it was that empathy that ultimately saved the day.

Heart’s a real-life super power, folks. The power is yours!

Stay classy.

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You know what I mean.

~ becca

SHARING IS CARING: StoryCorps

I stumbled across this earlier today and wanted to share it with you. The story, it goeth thusly:

We live in a society of increasing unreality; we text, email, Facebook message. Take photos of our food to share on Instagram.

I made this myself. With ingredients I foraged from the wilderness. And my farm. I put a filter on it to make it look more delicious.

I made this myself. With ingredients I foraged from the wilderness. And my farm. I put a filter on it to make it look more delicious.

There’s not a lot that’s concrete in life anymore–certainly not for my generation–and sometimes, I feel like we get so saturated with what the internet and the media tell us the world is like, that we need something to remind us of what it actually is. I usually reaffirm my faith in humanity by taking a walk outside.

Pictured: Proof that all people are inherently good.

Pictured: Proof that all people are inherently good.

But today, I was scrolling through the pages of carefully-constructed social interactions known as Facebook when I came across something equally life-affirming.

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