My everyday life is chaotic lately. I seem to be coping with chaos by, well, doing very little.
This past Wednesday I spent most of the morning looking out the window, conserving energy for yet another move. I questioned how I could possibly write about vitality when window gazing is my activity du jour. As I considered this, it occurred to me that vitality involves showing up to meet what is right here in front of us. We don’t have to be energetic or even enthusiastic. We just need to show up. And on Wednesday morning, showing up meant doing very little outwardly while sitting and settling inwardly.
At some point I turned on CNN to see what was happening beyond the view outside my window. This was the day of glitches. The New York Stock Exchange–silent. United Airlines–grounded. The Wall Street Journal online—offline. All those traders, flyers, and readers with things to do and places to go were thrown into chaos by glitches! Maybe those folks sat and looked out windows, too!
Comforted by my seeming oneness with the energies of the world, I prepared lunch and headed off to the office. Later I pondered how the energy of change increases our stress. We may respond with activity one day and with stillness the next. Through it all we are tasked with showing up for ourselves and asking, “What is it I need or want today? What is happening in my life and how do I feel about it? Who is available for mutual support?” And then we sit and listen. Keeping a journal is a terrific way to record our thoughts, feelings, and life events. Having a record of the ebb and flow of our lives reminds us that life is constantly changing and so are we!
With gratitude for the lessons bubbling up amidst chaos,