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What Are You Doing “Just in Case”?

October 29th, 2008 · No Comments

I knew what I had to do today.  The thought was scary.  I was really, really hesitant.  Is this the right decision? Can I be sure?  What if I make a mistake?

I’ve held a license as an educational therapist for about 10 years.   I thought, “Well even though I don’t want to do this work anymore, I should maintain this license, just in case….”

Just in case what?  I’ve spent so much of my life doing things just in case.  Now that I’m on the Joy Diet, just in case is not a sufficient reason to do something.  Just in case does not come from desire, it comes from fear.  Just in case is, in this situation, a joy killer.

So I just sent an email notifying my certifying company that I would not be renewing.  Simple.  Straightforward.  Direct.  It was scary to push the send button on my email.  My hands trembled a bit and I caught my breath.  And it feels fantastic.  Clean, honest, clear.

What are you doing just in case?

Tags: joy diet · risk

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  • 1 Jenny // Nov 9, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Terry, I’m just getting around to reading this post. It’s the one for me. My whole life is a “just in case!” And I hear you when you say it comes from fear. Thanks for putting it so plainly. Now, what can I drop from my life that I’ve been holding on to “just in case?” I’ll think that one over today.

  • 2 Terry DeMeo // Nov 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Yes, Jenny, for sure it’s fear. Just in case I fail at doing what I really want to do, I’ll back it up with something I feel half-hearted about. It’s ten days now since I let this license go–something I’ve wanted to do for several years. It feels great. When I got a letter the other day acknowledging my decision, I felt so secure and calm. No regrets.

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