Friday, August 19, 2011

Girls Can Suck Your Brains Out

A wonderful cartoon today shows two teenage guys talking about the stammering, stumbling, inadequate feeling that comes on when trying to ask a girl out. One guy says, “It’s a scientific fact, dude. Girls have the power to suck your brain out."

I’m 59 and women, across the whole range of human activity, still suck my brain out.

We all have people or issues in life that befuddle us. It could be girls/women, boys/men, teenagers, math, the national debt, why folks don’t support same-sex marriage…it could be anything. Sometimes they push us into stammering, stumbling, inadequate feeling drones.

Here’s a suggestion I’ve offered before and it often works in my-brain-is-being-sucked-out times: The Pause. It’s a 3-4 second delay.

When you feel like your brain’s being sucked out (I do love that image…the reality is that you feel like you might be losing control of the situation or the thought process) take a simple pause for 3-4 seconds.

The pause allows your logical mind to catch up with your emotional mind. Which, to be honest, is what’s being sucked out…sorry, I can’t stop with that.

Your logical mind will convince you that that situation is not as bad as you think, that the person doing the brain-sucking is still just a person, or that you’ve handled problems like this before and you can do it again.

So, what or who do you encounter in life that deserves a pause?

Have a great weekend and see you Monday.

PS…yes, it IS a scientific fact that teenage children can suck your brains out.

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