“There is a Sanskrit saying that anxiety is the fever of life. We sit here wrapped in troubled thoughts while a knot forms in the stomach and a band tightens around the chest. We lean forward with the feeling that some great chain is holding us anchored in place.
And our saving grace is attitude. Our attitude towards what we believe in, what we think about, how we talk, and how much. There is no stress in the mind that is poised and calm. Benjamin Franklin said we should never anticipate trouble or worry about what might happen. But keep in the sunshine. And that sunshine is a faith that will take us through when anxiety rides our backs.”
I find my anxiety at this point has to do with my age, age 65. It feels like there is a lack of time, too many unknown possibilities. Now, I think of my parents’ comments at this age. I am finding compassion which feels too late! Their own anxieties had to be something like my own. My Thomas and I have health issues. There are financial difficulties to be solved. We are not alone in having these issues. The trick is how to solve those issues. Overthinking the sense of having a lack of time could get me stuck on that concern. My struggle is to not let that happen by having a “just do it!” attitude. “Stay in the present!” “Be consistent!” It’s not easy to stop feeling overwhelmed. I need to see progress.
I think the only workable answer is to just do it!
Pejj Nunes 8/1/2020