**By Janet Pucik, Accounts Receivable Specialist**
The dictionary defines “security” as:
Freedom from danger, risk, anxiety or doubt. The state of being protected or safe from harm.
We all want and need to feel secure in our homes, but what about our hearts? We can’t install a security system on our hearts to alert us to the dangers of another person.
How can we feel secure in our homes as well as our hearts? I have been on a personal journey for about 3 years now and I have determined that it is just as important to feel secure in our hearts as well as our home or business.
For me, I am learning how to set up a security system for my own heart.
This is not an easy thing to do, at least not for me. It is something that I have recently been working on and am finding that it is a way for me to have security around my own heart. It is not easy to recover from a broken heart. Now the task ahead is to pick up the pieces and hopefully prevent it from happening again. It would be nice to have something or someone with us all the time to be able to tell you if you are in danger with another person, but unfortunately that doesn’t exist. We need to learn to protect ourselves.
When we talk about security, shouldn’t we also be talking about ourselves? We must protect our most prized possessions, us: our hearts and our physical bodies. You hear stories every day about someone getting hurt physically and emotionally, and wish you could protect yourself so that it wouldn’t happen to you. Fortunately, there are ways that we can protect ourselves: taking a class on self-defense or taking up boxing are just a couple.
We can be protected physically, but what about our insides? This is a question we should be asking ourselves.
Security isn’t just about having an intrusion system and cameras to protect your home or business. It’s also about protecting ourselves physically and emotionally.
Here are a few ideas:
- Put together a network for close friends.
- Always do something to take care of you, such as spending time with people whose company you enjoy.
- Ask a close friend to check on you every week, even if it’s just to say hello.
- Find something that you like to do and do it.
- If you feel the need to cry, DO IT. This is a way that we release emotional pain.
- Try something new– get out there and do something you have always wanted to do.
- Journal. Writing is very therapeutic and helps to process your thoughts and feelings.
- Keep going. Even is you don’t feel like you can or want to give up, keep going anyway. You will feel much better knowing you DID IT.
Security for the heart!