Rather than write a blog today about the simple gratitudes (like flowers and the sunrise) that I can reroute my thinking to, I want to address this feeling of too much.
There is a phrase, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." While this may be true, it does not feel very supportive. "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance"(Thomas Merton) feels more supportive. It is okay for me to feel stressed right now. But the glass is not empty. The glass is not even half empty.
"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." That's right, I'm pulling out Newton's Third Law. There is balance created in everything. That means there is a balance in what feels out of balance. I am just tipping the scales with my focus on this stress.
If there is "too much" stress there is an equal amount of support. And if there is an equal amount of support then the stress is no longer "too much". It simply is.
Today I am so grateful for all the support in my life. I'm grateful to have a close-knit and supportive family. I'm grateful that we pretty much share everything with each other. I'm grateful for a husband that can use logic when my own seems to have gotten tangled. I'm grateful for his calm and comforting nature. I'm grateful for the sweet way my dogs even register my stress and check on me. I'm grateful that by remembering balance I can already feel my stress beginning to ease. I'm grateful for meditations that assist me in centering my mind. And I'm grateful to know that I am supported in this day.
What is feeling like "too much" in your life? Is there balance in the opposite or a way to establish a balance? What support systems do you have in place?
May today bless you with balance. May you find support all around you. And may you have a beautiful day!