Friday, 19 September 2014


I exactly don't remember the writer's name but most probably he was Marty Wilson and I read the article in the Reader's Digest long ago. The article was about our 'fear' of unknown situations, which had captured my attention. The writer replaces the terms 'scared' and 'nervous' with a complete new and impressive expression 'newfeeling.' According to him we encounter the new situations in our lives every now and then. Such situations suddenly bring a change in an ordinary life style or they are beyond our comfort zone. At that time we obviously are  'nervous' or 'scared.' The writer argues that these terms give us negative meaning but if we use the term 'newfeeling' to replace them, it increases our curiosity to face or taste the 'new' thing.

To justify his statement he gives an example of his five-year-old son, which is quite interesting. Marty takes him to school for the first time and the poor boy seems to get nervous at the sight of swarming noisy kids. He turns to his father and says, "Daddy, it's all funny in my tummy." Then the father asks, "Are you scared?" The little boy snaps, "Nah! I've just got a newfeeling." Marty gets fascinated thinking that how nicely his son has absorbed the idea of 'newfeeling' simply by listening to his father's discussion with one of  his friends at home.

Marty points out that people are usually reluctant to accept a change. For such people he has two messages: (1) life is nothing but a change and (2) when you refuse to change, you don't hold onto the past, instead you lose the future. To make his argument stronger he quotes a philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, "The limits of one's language are the limits of one's world."

How amazing! Broaden your horizon, come out from your comfort zone, taste new things whenever they are available, try to go beyond your limitations and see how your world views will get wider and more open. So, no more nervousness or scare but a newfeeling which encourages you to face the challenges of your life and accept changes. Let's try and see if it works, guys.

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