By Karin Leonard
you wondering how to stay normal within everyday insanity? Do you have too
much to do, not enough time, and is the pace of your life too fast to even
catch your breath? Well, I won’t even ask how you are doing on reaching
your goals and dreams… at least not yet. First, let’s talk about
getting you back to breathing.
I mean it! Breathing deeply will
make a difference – when you remember to do it. So how will you think of
that in the middle of the weekly whirlwind? Much of staying sane in a
crazy world has to do with planning, preparation and pre-meditation.
Thinking of your typical week, how can you plan for a bit more inner
peace? What would make a difference in your day? Maybe you can delegate
more, organize chores or set up helpful habits. How are your diet,
exercise and sleep? And you may want to give up trying to be a
Have you ever noticed how your
sense of time changes, when you do something you really love? All at a
sudden, you may feel energized, and although many hours have gone by, you
don’t seem tired. For myself, I experience timelessness when I’m
involved in a creative project, like writing or painting. What is it for
you? When we live our values, a sense of joy and motivation tends to show
up, and life becomes more fun. What do you value?
Success, health, love, happiness, community are a few examples. If
you would like to live what is important to you more fully, brainstorm 5
–10 of your top values. Then, write them on index cards (one per card).
On the back of each card record actions that will help you to express each
value in your life. At the beginning of each day or week, review your
cards, and plan for fulfillment on a regular basis.
We only live once, at least as
far as we know for sure. At
the end of your life, you don’t want to wake up and realize that you
have been living someone else’s story…Do what really matters to
you. What do you want your life to be like, say in one, five or ten
years? We are always at choice, even if it may not seem that way in the
middle of everyday insanity. You can direct your own movie, it is your
privilege as Homo sapiens. You have the creative power of nature at your
fingertips. Begin planning now. Create a compelling vision, maybe
start a journal and write your life’s plot. Take small steps and make
success easy for yourself. Before you know it, your life will no longer be
driving you crazy, but will lead you to follow your bliss…