Today is National Marooned Without a Compass Day (no, really, it is), which got me thinking… I can’t even imagine being in that situation. The very thought of being stranded frightens me immensely. Lost, without direction? And then without the tools required for navigation? (Why does this situation even have its own day???)
Yet it is similar to where we would be if our personal emotional storehouse becomes depleted – stranded, and searching for a tool to navigate back to fullness.
What do we do when we begin to feel as though our storehouse is nearing empty? Everyone has their own “something” that acts as a near-immediate restorative force. It may be a hug from a loved one, thoughtful meditation, introspective prayer, time spent connecting with nature… Many of us know immediately what that is, but for some, finding it is an ongoing quest. Or maybe what used to be replenishing for you, no longer does the job. I will tell you that you owe it to yourself to discover your “something”. And then take (or make) the time to indulge in it. Even if it seems superficial, having your own recuperative practice can fortify you and begin to fill your storehouse, until Time has the opportunity to top it off.
I am one of the lucky ones; I know what it is that can instantly fill my emotional tank: Music. For as long as I can remember, music has had the capacity to comfort, calm, uplift, and sustain me. Listening to the right music can bring me from sorrow to exuberance, even during times when it has seemed joy was so far in the distance through the fog as to be completely unattainable. Music bolsters my spirit. And what a coincidence – it is also National Saxophone Day.
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I realized this morning that another of those experiences that allows me to “bounce back” is DamnYouAutoCorrect.com . That site never fails to bring me to laughter-induced tears, no matter how low I’m feeling.