Angst vs. Satisfaction: it’s your choice

It’s a choice between happiness and angst.

You can focus on the possibilities all around you or commit yourself to seeing danger in anything that changes.

I recently sat in a meeting where a new technology was being introduced to streamline one of the organization’s most complex systems. It promised to make the process more secure, faster, and simpler for both the provider and the consumer. Those in the room embracing its possibility where animated, relaxed, and in good humor. Those clinging tightly to the, “but we have always done it this way” paradigm were bristling with angst.

The word “angst” in German means “fear.”

Be aware that you are creating your own angst. The discomfort is not being done TO you, it is being created BY you. If you see change as a nemesis to be avoided, you are doomed to a ceaseless and ever growing angst ridden existence in a world that is changing faster every day. Open yourself up to the process and infuse it with the diversity only you can bring to the table. Close yourself off and the project suffers, and you suffer as well.

Fear makes people miserable.

It’s your choice.


Author: Mikel Gerle

I write about life as a contemporary gay man in Hollywood, CA. I have a passion for spaces where gay men explore their authentic selves and thrive as a result. I'd like this blog to be one of those places. I write and teach yoga. During my life so far, I've been a Mormon, a ballet dancer, a city bureaucrat, an AIDS era survivor, International Mister Leather, and a yoga teacher. All of these journies have informed my philosophies on being human, being gay, and being awesome.

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