The word for April is INTENSITY.
When I think about this word, I think about it's components. Specifically, 'inner tension' is the core of intensity. It's not the frenetic chaos that most people associate with this word. Inner tension is our own reaction or response to the external events in our lives. How many times do you anticipate someone's reaction to something you've done? Maybe a loved one whom you know will not like your decision? Or a boss who clearly defines a strategy you disagree with? Inner tension simmers at the core of most of these situations and, if left unchecked, tends to wrangle control of our thinking and emotions. Then, almost before we realize it, we're in conflict or major confrontation. In hindsight, awareness of our own intensity, inner tension, offers a chance to pause, and then choose a more nuanced approach that works better.
Tension is not bad, it's just a warning signal to slow down, pay attention, and move deliberately.
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