Just Do It!

No original thoughts from me in this post but rather a nudge to be brave and do one thing each day that scares you, an idea from the Dare Project. You’ll find the link in the sidebar of the blog. The person who started the project did so because she spied Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote on a greeting card one day, and the idea wouldn’t leave her alone. Why not click on the  project and read the “rules” for yourself and get started?


Some of you might be tired of hearing my stories, and if that’s the case, stop now. However, this is a GREAT story about an awakening…not of mine but of someone I read about in a story, a true one. The young woman involved in this real life story was allergic to peanuts in any form or fashion and avoided them completely. One night, however, she was in a restauant dining with friends when she unknowingly ate some peanut oil in some salad dressing. Later that evening, she was awakened with violent spasms of pain and was barely able to drag herself to the door and outside to the landing of her apartment complex. A neighbor heard her pleas for help and arranged for her to be taken to a hospital. Good thing too because she (the one with the allergy) was literally “out of it” for days. In her opinion, she died. If I recall correctly, the experience wasn’t all that bad either.


Anyway, she woke up feeling weak and depleted, but as the days passed, her spirit became stronger and stronger until she realized that she had more confidence and self-esteem than ever before. She found herself flirting with men when before her incident, she would shyly look away if she felt anyone was looking at her. At meetings, she began to speak up, even interrupting at times) and voice her opinion. Prior to eating the peanutty dressing, she never opened her mouth even though she felt she had some good ideas and insights.


This is the part that got me. I’m paraphrasing because it’s been a number of years since I read this article, but the gist of her comment was, “Hey, I’ve already died once and survived. What’s the worse thing that can happen to me after that? I survived death, and I can survive anything life dishes out.”


I remember reading that and thinking that I sure didn’t want to die before I started living this glorious life. What about you? Let’s all click the link of the Dare Project and dare to do something that scares us…and let’s share what we do.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

7 thoughts on “Just Do It!”

  1. “Some of you might be tired of hearing my stories, and if that’s the case, stop now.”

    HAHAHA, as if.

    I would definitely agree that having a ‘death’ experience makes that big of an impact. It really drives home what’s truly important and, frankly, it’s not much ‘of this world’.

  2. i think i will stick with your old blog…it is religious enough for me….i once went into a coma with blood sugar of 950, and woke up 23 hrs. later after a priesthood blessing from my youngest son…was i a new man?…no, although i was well rested, i could remember nothing…no visits with the god of the shack( AFRICAN WOMAN) ONLY BLACKNESS AND I SAID WHEN I AWOKE INTHE HOSPITAL{ THIS MUST BE COSTING ME A FORTUNE , in the intensive unit….get me out of here….i was making fun of the new book by william young…DON’T READ IT…READ MY NEW BOOK

  3. Hayden, I used to work with a man who was so laid back that it actually got on our nerves in a way. One day he told me that he used to be high strung, anxious, driven, competitive, and a genunine Type A personality until he died. “What?” I asked. He then went on to share how he had died of a heart attack but was revived…or restored. According to him, death was a peaceful, blissful experience, and he did not want to return to the land of the living. After he did, however, he changed his perspective and lifestyle.

  4. Putz, I started the other blog because it seeems that with this one sometimes I’ll all over the place and can’t seem to get a theme or focus.

    How can I get a copy of your book???

  5. Jayne, Did you get this from the Skirt link? I posted the link on my blog yesterday! How bizarre is that!!! I loved it since I have been heading in that general direction anyway.,

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