Do you remember the children’s rhyme when you were growing up, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage”? For many people, this isn’t just a children’s rhyme, but a path their life followed. (This isn’t the case for all couples raising a child as there are many beautiful…
Life gets crazy sometimes. Every day the news highlights the most recent crisis du jour, spinning out stories of the latest financial, political or environmental catastrophe. It’s enough to make you crazy. Even without the gloomy stories on the news, our own lives are often enough to send us into a panic.
Having laryngitis is humbling and calls to mind this pearl of wisdom from Taoist philosopher Lao Tsu: Silence is a source of great strength. My family and friends are having a field day because they mistakenly perceive my silence as taking me as out of my power. Im not. Yes, this experience has re-affirmed how I would never voluntarily take a vow of silence or run off to a monastery. For a lawyer and radio show host, this is hell! Yet, in my forced retreat, I understand why people seek out silence. Calmness and quiet are gained with surrender to being silent. Although Im certainly out of my element, Im not without power.
A little stress in your life is actually good for you. It wakes up your creativity, fuels your vitality and keeps your immune system vigilant. The qualifying word is little. When you find yourself rushing from activity to activity and no personal time for yourself, it’s not the external world that is landing on your doorstep; rather it’s your need to constantly open the door! Most likely you are addicted to stress the adrenalin rush. If life were calmer and filled with free time, you probably would not know what to do with yourself.