Perhaps it’s just due to the technical revolution which we are still experiencing and living through, but it feels as if we are moving faster and faster, with more emails, more phone calls, more texts, more responsibilities and more work than ever before. It seems like the To Do list gets bigger and bigger, and that no matter how hard we work, there’s a million more things to do. So how to we combat that and get ourselves back on the smiling path? I think it’s easier than we let ourselves think.
So how to begin? Well, start by closing your eyes. Wait, not yet; you have to read the rest of this blog first! Start by closing your eyes, firmly planting your feet on the earth, and taking a a slow and steady breath in. Hold that breath for a moment, and as you breath out, feel all those stresses and worries leave your body.
Is this a cure-all for every problem that you can or will ever face in the world? You know, I’d love to say yes, and brand it as Davey’s 100% Feel Good Cure All, but life doesn’t always work that way. At best, I’d say this simple breathing technique will give you and your body the pause that it needs to power through. See, we aren’t machines, and we never will be. We have more needs than just food and water. To be truly productive, we have to have that X-Element, that special something that fulfills us and keeps us going.
What is that X-Element? Well that’s different for everyone. I know when I was growing up, my mother’s X-element was me. She worked herself to the bone to do more than just keep food on the table, she did her best to provide me with the best she could, and even when things looked the darkest, she found the inner strength to keep going, as she’s told me in recent years, because the thought of her son energized her.
I know what my X-Element is: it’s the feeling that I’ve done a good job. So often in life, we don’t feel that we’ve done really well, and if you suffer from that feeling yourself, then join me in a good old back patting, cause you know what, if you try, then you are a winner. Even if you didn’t get this or that, you have still succeeded, because you put in the effort.