Sanity Amidst Chaos
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
It’s late and I sit staring at my computer screen in a state of tired happiness. August and September are typically our busiest months of the year and it used to drive me crazy because it felt as though I was living in chaos. The truth of the matter is that it’s mainly good things that are keeping me busy, it’s just that there’s a LOT going on without much room to breathe.
A coach of mine once told me that living a balanced life doesn’t mean having it in balance each and every day – that there will be periods in our lives where we’re working on a project, or will require more focus in one area of our lives or another. Once that period in time is over, then we can go back and focus on the areas that need it. It’s something I keep reminding myself of this month…
My husband is on his annual five or six day deep-sea fishing trip and I’m getting ready for our annual gathering of friends where we’ll grill his catch of fresh tuna, and celebrate the wonderful people we are fortunate to have in our lives. Getting ready for fifty plus people is no small task, but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
A few days before my husband left for his trip, I ended up getting stuck behind a horrendous traffic accident, where a car flew off an overpass and landed on its roof in the middle of a busy freeway. Miraculously, at a very busy time of the day it didn’t hit any other cars and thankfully, the driver survived.
Hubby called while I was on my way home – my nerves were still shot from the freeway chaos so I give him the thirty-second version and he says that it makes HIS problem seem very small. Uh-Oh. He tells me that he was hit in the hand by a baseball when he was umpiring and he’s hoping it’s not broken. Not a good thing right before a long-range fishing trip… By the way, my car has Bluetooth, so no; I don’t drive and use my cell.
I walk in the door and look at his swollen hand. He can’t touch his fingers together and it’s very tender. I figure we should go check it out so he knows what he’s up against with his trip. I already know that regardless of the outcome, the man is going fishing even if it means duct taping the pole to his hand. Long story short, it wasn’t broken, just lots of tissue damage… He was very happy with this.
Shortly after the gathering, we’ll be back-packing in Yosemite. It’ll be relaxing in one respect and a great work-out in another. It’s a wonderful combination with an odd sense of balance.
This month is also the start of birthday mania for my friends and family. Saturday one of my friends celebrated her birthday with a skydiving adventure. So, that morning, for the second time in my life, I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and loved it! It felt like the sanest moment of my life in weeks. How do you keep YOUR sanity in the midst of chaos?