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Class is an aura of confidence t...

Posted Sep 12 2008 7:52am

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. ~ Ann Landers

Going through difficult times with your head held high is tough. There is the occasional meltdown or maybe the hysterical moment. Perhaps you’ve freaked out a time or two that you wish you could take back. Everyone has.

The thing is that the goal is to start pulling the emotions back into check. Walk into a room like you own the place, even though you’re scared to death. Hold back on saying anything when you feel tempted to start screaming at someone. Learn to sit back and count to 3 and then just go “hmmm” when you want to launch into a loud rant.

This is what we call “ acting as if “. Learning to sit back and think and sit back and not react is the key to learning how to reign your emotions in. It’s the key to becoming confident and going through life with a certain amount of class and aplomb.

Learning to rise to the occasion and act in a dignified and mature manner is important.

That doesn’t mean to stifle your emotions completely. You can go home and cry. Call your best friend and pound your fists on the table. Make a voodoo doll out of your ex and stick pins into it. Break old dishes. Hit a heavy bag. In the privacy of your home or with trusted friends, let it all hang out.

But out in the world - especially when under pressure or not feeling particularly strong - learn to walk with dignity, hold your head high and meet life head-on.

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