Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hold the stress level down

Ever since I returned home a week ago from my Oregon vacation to celebrate my youngest granddaughter's Golden Birthday, I've been madly rushing about in an attempt to catch up on things that needed to be done—not just in my home but with my coaching practice in addition to the contract, part-time work I'm doing with a women's magazine. So it's been rush, rush, rush.

For that reason, when I read a Robert Frost quote about rushing, it resonated deeply within me: "There's absolutely no reason to be rushed along with the rush."

What that means to me right now is that even though some things really do need to get done right now, there's no need to feel rushed inside. There's a difference. At least to me.

It's one thing to get what needs to be done finished in a hurry. It's another to internalize that rushing and feel rushed and stressed. Can you sense the difference?

Letting that rushed feeling stress me out simply adds more to the load. However, if I simply do one thing after the other, calmly, knowing there'll be time enough, what needs to get done will get done. And I can do it in a calmer, more serene state of mind—saving myself and those around me additional stress! Whew, slow down, Sonia. One foot in front of the other—and you won't stumble.

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