Chapter 2 of 6 – Blake was filled with fury. You could have cut the tension between his parents with a knife. They yelled at each other half the night, as Blake lay trembling and angry in his room. At school, he felt the need to vent that anger on some of the other students.
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Chapter 2: Blake & Cody
Cody is walking down the hall on his way to class. He’s fully focused on a juicy bit of gossip he wants to tell his best friend. Walking quickly, he comes a little too close to Blake.
Blake quickly sidesteps and tries to make it look like Cody intentionally was blocking him.
Blake pushes Cody hard. At the same time, Blake yells, “Hey, Jerk! Get out of my way!”
Then Blake goes barreling on. He feels a quick POWER SURGE of satisfaction. Unfortunately, it only lasted about five minutes. Then he was right back to feeling angry and like a victim again. You might say that Blake and Cody were involved in a Victim-Victimizer Cycle.
As for Cody, he had all kinds of voices going through his head.
His FIGHT OR FLIGHT Instinct Voice said, “Warning! Warning! You just got pushed and called a name. It’s time for action!”
Cody wonders, “What kind of action?”
His FIGHT OR FLIGHT Instinct Voice said, “You can try to FIGHT him in some way, or you can choose some form of the FLIGHT option.”
Cody asked, “Okay! Which should I do, FIGHT OR FLIGHT?”
Everybody has an Inner Child who urges us to act in a less-than-mature fashion. That Inner Child is also that part of us who still sees the world as an amazing place and can still get a sense of wonder and joy out of the smallest thing. That Inner Child is the part of us who keeps us playful, no matter how old and gray we become. That Inner Little Kid who lives inside of Cody said, “Well! He pushed you and called you a name. You should do something.”
Also, everybody has some kind of grown-up who seems to live inside of him or her. Perhaps it’s the voice of your mother or father that you hear or whatever grown-up who is a primary agent in your life. Perhaps it is simply your Inner Wisdom voice, that little small conscience voice that we all have inside of us. In any case, Cody’s Inner Grown-Up or Inner Wisdom voice said, “If you push him back or call him a name back, that would be Reflex Action.”
Cody wondered, “What’s Reflex Action?”
His Inner Grown-Up or Inner Wisdom voice said, “Acting on your first reflex or impulse is Reflex Action. But if you give in to Reflex Action, you’re letting Blake have control over you.”
Cody’s Inner Kid said, “But it’s all his fault! He deserves it! Oh, no! Look! He’s getting away! And you didn’t do anything to defend us!”
Cody stands there, feeling helpless and POWERLESS. He couldn’t decide how he wanted to react. But since Blake had already walked out of sight, it was too late anyway! Cody sighed heavily. Shoulders slumped in dejection, Cody walked sadly off to class.
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