My youngest daughter is very energetic. Most times it's endearing :)
But, like all good things, moderation is the key. (Dancing and singing when you're happy=good. Dancing and singing in the middle of the night=bad.)
I have a favorite word that I started sharing with her: Calm.
I love that word.
I even feel calmer just saying, "Calm."
So does she.
And it makes a difference in her.
And it makes a difference in me.
As I get older (40 now- what?) I am convinced that the energy I used to spend on singing and dancing like my daughter does has been unwittingly transferred internally.
Now, rather than having the energy of a child, I have the stress of an adult. I spend entirely too much energy worrying, second-guessing, doubting and stressing.
So, when my mind starts racing about the things I need to do, the things I haven't done, the Christmas list that's growing, the chores that are being neglected, the children I am raising, and so on, I've decided to use my favorite word on myself: Calm.
And guess what. It works.
It takes some deep breaths and reminders (just like my daughter), but it works.
I love calm.
It's when I am calm that I can hear the promptings of the Holy Ghost whisper what is best.
It's when I am calm that I can talk TO my children, not at them.
It's when I am calm that I be grateful for event the difficult things in my life.
It's when I am calm that I can remember to stop, pray and play.
Calm doesn't mean to neglect responsibilities and duties. Calm just means that I am able to see them in a clearer light.
Calm means that I can take a moment to prioritize my day.
Calm means that I don't get made over spilled milk (literally- that happens weekly in our home.)
I have found that my trials and circumstances haven't changed tremendously since my attitude has.
But, my life has changed.
I am happier.
I am more in control.
The spirit in my home is better.
I am more grateful.
I enjoy life more.
I am calm.
I love it!
So, during this upcoming holiday season, I extend the invitation to you to 'Keep Calm'
When you feel your blood rising, your doubts growing, your fears scaring, your stress taking over, your frustration yelling or your tears flowing- remember calm.
Take a deep breath and.....be....calm.
Then let me know what happens :)
PS- Here are some fun wall-printable I found and/or made. I've got them around my house. Love them!