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Saturday, July 21, 2018

July Ultimate Blog Challenge - temperature

(Shalom - Peace. This sign greets all my visitors) 

The word of the day is temperature. Most of the US has been experiencing soaring temperatures.  recently, including my part of the country. I'm a fresh air fiend and delay closing up the house to turn on the air conditioner as long as possible. Besides, the thermostat on my air unit isn't functioning so  every-so-often I have to turn it off because the room gets too cold. Weird, huh?

But I want to talk about another temperature, the prevailing atmosphere of your surroundings. What's in the air, feelings-wise, around your place? Does it seem like life is just one crisis after another? Do you feel like you're always playing catch-up, never quite coming to a time when you can just pause, take a deep breath, and feel everything in your world is all right?

Perhaps your thought-life is a jumble of possible scenarios leading to multiple dire outcomes. Or, you find yourself continually speculating about future prospects. This inner unrest will affect how you react to outward happenings.

Living alone gives me an advantage. Other than seeing to the needs of a brother and a single-parent granddaughter who both live close by, my days are spent pretty much in solitaire. This makes peaceful surroundings a given. Being a loner gives me an advantage as far as outer surroundings, but I think what happens within often affects the outer.

If you find yourself always in a stew over what might or might not happen, it's time to retrain those brain waves. Latch onto something...a peaceful picture posted on the refrigerator...a phrase that brings a sense of calm every time it comes to mind. When those twirling thoughts begin to overwhelm, force yourself to focus on that picture or phrase. The world won't come to an end while you do. That spilled juice will still be there but you'll react differently. Instead of yelling, you'll have calm within and that's what will rule the moment.

It's not easy. It takes a deliberate choice in the beginning. Repetition eventually becomes a habit.  But, I guarantee, by doing so first, in the heat of the moment, you'll soon find yourself doing it as a natural reaction every time.

2 comments:

  1. This is a great reminder to practice self-care, Gay. I'm also basically a woman who loves solitude and needs quiet, peaceful places.

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  2. Thank you for your comment. Much appreciated.

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