We’ve all flown off the handle at something, and before we were able to stop, words have passed out of our mouths that we have immediately regretted. Do you know what your triggers are? Do you know when you’ve done too much, gone too far, and not taken time to ‘pause’ because we needed to get this done?
When the road gets rocky in your life, you have things to do, emotions are building up, and you feel yourself shaking. Will you stop? Do you hear your own cry? Will you take the much-needed pause? Or will you keep going because you have to? People need you, after all.
When life starts piling so much on your shoulders that must be handled, who will you show up as when a crisis occurs with a friend, loved one, or patient? I’ve heard so many times that people don’t have time. I’ve heard it from myself plenty of times!
You think you can muddle through somehow, but you may not be aware that you may be working from an emotionally unbalanced place, which results in ineffective or harmful choices and scattered decisions.
Think of driving down a road with potholes at 65 mph. You need to get to your destination! But your car is shaking, you’re shaking, suddenly your ability to keep going has gone. We talked about this in our Online Care Circle recently: how easy it is to get caught up in the gotta go mode, and how poor the results can be.
We have choices. Would you like to show up more effectively? More balanced? Make clear decisions? I encourage you from my place of muddling through to take the opportunity to slow down. You hear the cry of others, pause, and hear your own cries echoing back. Resist the statement – “I don’t have time.” – and do something that brings balance back into your life.
Renewing your energy can be as simple as gardening, dancing to your favorite music, or taking a walk. Sure, we’d all love to jet off to a beachfront resort, but time and money may not allow that. Don’t let that be the excuse not to find a path to peace.
Is it possible for you to become aware of where your happiness meter affects your actions and reactions? It surely can be, by taking the time to pause. Just like a drop into a pool of water, everything we do has a ripple effect. Simple acts of self-kindness can make a significant impact on those around you, too.