Episode #18: Chicago Nurse, Alicia Bean, Isolates Fear to Find Joy

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How do you isolate fear to find joy?

My guest today is Alicia Bean. One of our country’s frontline nurses in Chicago, Alicia is putting her life at risk in an effort to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

She is generously blessed with humility, compassion, and determination to care for others and is deferential to courage. Instead of ascribing it to herself, she attributes it to her colleagues, essential workers and volunteers alike.

Fear lives in what she calls the lizard brain–the part of the brain that triggers our fight or flight response (like the rush to buy toilet paper during a pandemic).

In turn, self-awareness helps calm our entire system, slow down our response, and lift our primitive survival instincts to a higher place of logic and reason. This is when we can discern the degree and reality of threats that fear imposes.

Regardless of circumstance, recognizing these moments allows us to stop, catch our breath, isolate fear, and increase our capacity to find joy.

Thank you to Alicia, her colleagues, and all of the selfless people who are risking their lives to make other lives better. You are inspiring hope and spreading joy. Let’s make that contagious.

Until next time,

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Daring–and take a bite of courage.


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