Who is in your cage?

typewriter monkey 1Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, 
one can help the other up. 
But pity anyone who falls
 and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Henry Cloud tells a story.  A scientist did a study on fear.  He had a monkey in a cage.  He wired the monkey with sensors and then scared the monkey.  He could then measure the response of the monkey to fear and the monkey’s reaction went off the charts.  He then began to explore what would lower the monkey’s stress and fear.  The only answer: putting another monkey in the cage.  The fear reactions were lowered by half.

Life takes courage! Writing and publishing take courage and we are thankful for others who are with us on the journey.

God has given us people to help us navigate our time here on earth without fear:  spouses, friends, family, co-workers, even sisters.

Who is in your cage with you?  It could make all the difference.

Betsy and Laurie

13 Comments on Who is in your cage?

  1. Jarm Del Boccio
    October 31, 2013 at 7:38 am (7 years ago)

    Jesus joins me in my cage, but honestly, sometimes I forget He is there, and go in my own strength and wisdom. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Writing Sisters
      October 31, 2013 at 8:21 am (7 years ago)

      Yes! That’s a whole other blog post – remembering that He is with us. Brings to mind the fiery furnace.

  2. Jenny Alexander
    October 31, 2013 at 7:49 am (7 years ago)

    ‘It takes courage’ – yes! I’m very fortunate that my cage is crammed. Family, friends and of course, God – I feel very supported and give thanks every day. In my writing, my readers are mostly in my cage as well, and sometimes when you follow your heart and write something that may be controversial, that feels very important. Other bloggers, like you, are in my cage too – thank-you x

    • Writing Sisters
      October 31, 2013 at 8:22 am (7 years ago)

      Glad to be with you on the journey! That’s a nice thing about the blogging community – they can be “with” you even from a distance.

  3. Diane Sheiry
    October 31, 2013 at 10:52 am (7 years ago)

    You make me feel so good!! Love and kisses and hugs and good thoughts. Diane

  4. Lynna Clark
    October 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm (7 years ago)

    This very moment, you are in my cage.

    Thank you dear sisters.

  5. happyinhim
    November 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm (7 years ago)

    I like how you write together as sisters! I have been encouraging my sister to start writing. She helped me edit my book. Thank you for signing up to follow my blog. Best wishes on your new title, mine is coming out next summer.
    Megan Vance

    • Writing Sisters
      November 5, 2013 at 6:56 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment, Megan. We always love to hear about other sisters who are working together 🙂

  6. snowgood
    November 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm (7 years ago)

    I really like this post! Just what we need in our home right now, a little bit of encouragement, and a time to be thankful.

    • Writing Sisters
      November 5, 2013 at 6:57 am (7 years ago)

      I’m glad this message spoke to you. We all need encouragement, don’t we.

  7. janetspeer
    November 5, 2013 at 8:11 am (7 years ago)

    I needed someone to say, “Yes, you should do it!” Thanks, Betsy.


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