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"When a man is to be hanged in a fortnight"

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The English writer Samuael Johnson once wrote, "When a man is to be hanged in a fortnight it focuses his mind greatly." It is a truism I have found comfort in.

Fear of the future scares us until we are able to accept whatever the future holds. When we control our own future we are confident and happy, but when we are out of control we are fearful and scared.

Out of control in our adult life is no different than when we were out of control as a child, going downhill in a cart, going too fast, sure to crash, fear gripping our thumping heart. The physical reaction is the same. The emotional reaction is the same. And the end result is the same. Maybe we'll scrape our knees. Maybe we'll get a bloody nose. And we will survive!

And the adrenaline rush is so great we want more. We want the thrill of the ride. We want the excitement of the unknown. We want to dance too close to the fire.

Who will you dance with?

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belle1010

Oct 2 @ 9:56PM  
My answer to that is another question..............What do we really have control over?? Is there anything that we have complete control over?
manwithoutahorse

Oct 2 @ 10:13PM  
Nope, but our fear causes us to try. And us control freaks make our selves crazy trying.
lunanegra

Oct 2 @ 10:15PM  
Who will you dance with?

...with the devil in pale moonlight.

Sorry,my "profound answer" button is broken,but this is a question to be pondered,and a good one too.
belle1010

Oct 2 @ 10:15PM  
Good answer
Sunshine79

Oct 2 @ 10:31PM  
And the adrenaline rush is so great we want more. We want the thrill of the ride. We want the excitement of the unknown.

See, I don't straddle face....I rarely enjoy being on top, but after I'm coaxed into it,I described it to a certain someone here that it's like standing in line for a huge roller coaster....your scared and you don't want to go, but you do it anyway, (after being dragged) and then when your done, your like "Wow!! Let's do it again!!"

So, I guess if I was coaxed enough to straddle someones face, I'd probably like it and continue to do it more and more often.... But, don't tell anyone I said that, Straddle finds out, I'm in some trouble.....
manwithoutahorse

Oct 2 @ 10:39PM  
I guess we gotta fire up the coaster. And nobody tell Straddle that Sunny wants to ride!
StraddleMyNose

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Oct 2 @ 10:42PM  
don't tell anyone I said that, Straddle finds out, I'm in some trouble.....

BUSTED! You now owe me some face straddling on my birthday (or sooner).
belle1010

Oct 2 @ 11:05PM  
Hahahahahah you got busted girly! When is your birthday Straddle?
NightOfOld

Oct 3 @ 2:01AM  

Straddle says he has a Birthday every day, and he's waiting.
theSkwirl

Oct 3 @ 9:33AM  
Control question, we have no control over anyone or anything other than our reactions to stimuli. We can control only our own behaviors.

Sadly, we forget that sometimes and look to place blame otherwhere.
soft_touch938

Oct 3 @ 11:03AM  
Gee..Skwirl and I must be twins....I agree with her quite often.

As for me? I lived in the "out of control" lane all my life and fear always nipped at my heels. Maybe it did give me a rush but it also gave me a hellava lot of heartache.

Now I'm in control of my life and peace reigns on my homefront and I'm lovin' it beyond words. I'll take that over dancin' with fear and rushes anyday.
StraddleMyNose

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Oct 3 @ 6:31PM  
When is your birthday Straddle?

It's Feb.25. But I can have Megan straddling my face anytime.

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