Eileen Lichtenstein, MS. Ed., CPT.
The P Word
"...so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."
- Bob Dylan
Happy Spring...and for us Northeasterners it's been a long time coming; we recall it being warmer in February than April.
My "P" capacity has been challenged with a lot more than the weather recently.
It was a wise nurse in ICU talking about my mom's condition, being realistic (not what I wanted to hear) and at the same time, comforting (bringing a positive spin on the unknown future). Patience, as you may have guessed, is the word on the "hot seat". Those closest to me know it's not ever been my natural forte; as an adult I've have had to water this seed with conscious applications of stepping up to the challenge. I've found meditation (and when "time crunched" some deep relaxation breathing) to be very helpful in toning the urgency of any situation, as important as it may be. I don't see it as procrastination or denial, but rather as placing a given situation in a different framework/perspective. This has helped me enormously in getting through difficult times, both in personal and work related issues. I've found, as you may have, that being impatient can easily lead to frustration (with situations out of our control) and then, of course, to stress, anger or depression.
On another note, song lyrics, as poetry, can be interpreted or appreciated as our mood and frame of reference may be. Thinking about global warming and the state of environmental affairs, a familiar line was sung on my car radio "so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late" Bob Dylan , "All Along the Watchtower".
I will be facilitating a seminar Creating Optimum Health and Communication Through Stress Reduction on Sunday, May 6, 2007, 12:00pm-12:45pm, at the Melville Marriott. Visit www.NavelExpo.com to find out more. (NAVEL is an acronym for Nutrition Aesthetics Vitality Efficiency Life.) Hope to see many of you there!
Be Well and Happy,