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Draw a Line in the Sand of Your Emotions

Legend has it that on the day before the Alamo fell to the Mexican army leaving no survivors, Commander William Barrett Travis called his ragtag band of Texians into the courtyard of their surrounded compound.

He told them that the final Mexican assault would come soon, and that no outside help was on the way. He then drew a long deep line in the sand and said, “I now want every man who is determined to stay here and die with me to come across this line. Who will be the first?”

Virtually to a man they stepped cross, and to a man over the next two days they did indeed die with their commander.Some months after the battle a young man named J. Frank Dobie visited the Alamo and went to the place where Travis had drawn his line in the sand. “Nobody forgets the line,” he wrote. “It is drawn too deep and straight.”

The line in the sand is a powerful metaphor.

Imagine drawing a line in the sand of your emotional matrix and inviting positive and self-empowering emotions to come across. 

One by one, hope, optimism, courage, determination, empathy, gratitude, wonder, and love are welcomed to step over the line and join the fellowship in your heart.

Negative, painful, and self-sabotaging emotions are prohibited from crossing. Anger, hatred, contempt, anxiety, fear, remorse, self-doubt, self-pity, are restricted to the far side of the line.

That doesn’t mean that you never feel these emotions. But having drawn that imaginary line in the sand will enhance your self-awareness of what you are feeling, and help you do a better job of managing your emotions.

You will be more aware of when you are on the painful side of the line, and also know that it is always within your power to step back across.

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These are the times when it is most important to work on building courage, optimism, and resilience into your culture. 

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