When I was in college I decided I wanted to run for president of my sorority. I had been the head of several committees and felt I’d handled my responsibilities well. I’d introduced an initiative that helped us raise a good amount of money. And I’d developed solid relationships.
I felt I had the three things necessary for a successful campaign:
* Proven track record
* Progressive ideas
* Personal relationships
Bingo. I was ready. Until the meeting two weeks before the election.
We were discussing some policy changes with our pledge program. I’d been the pledge trainer and worked hard to develop our training program to welcome the new members in with great intentionality. I truly felt it had been the best year yet. But in this meeting other opinions rose to the surface.
Instead of really listening and trying to understand the perspectives of others, I crossed my arms and made it clear I was offended. I jumped in mid-sentence to one girl’s suggestions and blasted the conversation with a great diatribe defending my actions and making it very known I didn’t appreciated being criticized.
And in the effort to prove I was right in that moment, I tore down everyone’s confidence I could be the right leader moving forward.
My reaction short circuited my reach. And I’ve never forgotten it.
Have you ever struggled with your reactions?
That’s what I’m writing my next book about- reactions and raw emotions. So many of us girls find ourselves entangled in, distracted by, and unraveled because of the wild feelings that stir and threaten to spill out when people bump into our happy.
A snide remark by a family member. A child insistent on pouncing on your last good nerve- over and over again. An accusatory comment by a friend. A conversation that leaves you awake at night feeling terribly misunderstood. A hurtful comment from your spouse.
It’s hard to be a Christian girl when very unchristian reactions threaten to jump out and sabotage your best intentions.
You know what I mean?
So, here’s where you come in. I need your help with the title of this project. I’m listing some possibilities below. Will you take just a few seconds and leave a comment today telling me which one you like and why.
Thank you. Mucho. Grande.
And speaking of grande, I’m giving away a $10 Starbucks certificate to three randomly drawn commenters today. I suggest the grande, single shot, 7 pump, skinny vanilla latte, no foam, extra hot with a dash of high maintenance on the side. Smiles.
Anyhow… here are the possible titles:
Unglued- reining in your raw emotions before they reign over you
Unglued- I don’t want to react this way any longer
Released- because I don’t want to react this way any longer
Released- reining in your raw reactions before they reign over you
As you vote, think about hosting this book as a Bible study at your church. Which title would connect best with you and your friends. Thank you, thank you for taking a minute to help me today by leaving your thoughts in the comment section below.