Tigers in the Mind

Posted June 30, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

I’m reading what I will call the world’s most mind-blowing book right now. “Women, Food and God.” I’m going through it slowly, because I literally cannot read a chapter without having to put the book down, walk away, and really think about what I just read. That’s how phenomenally on point her concepts are.

I wasn’t going to write anything about the book until I finished reading it – but yesterday I had such a lightbulb moment, I just had to. The author, Geneen Roth, says this (I’m paraphrasing), How many times do we experience “tigers in our mind” throughout our day? For me, it’s countless. Something happens and we project what the outcome will be. We think about who we’ll run into at the store, what will come up at dinner, what someone will say or how someone will react. We play it all out in our heads and we worry about what might happen. But are the tigers really there, or are they just in our minds?

It’s an a-ha moment for me. When something begins to plague my thoughts, I have to stop and ask myself, is this really something you should be afraid of? Or are you pretending to be in a room with hungry tigers?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."