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“Stop the Insanity”

 

The "Stop the Insanity" WomanDoes anyone remember the crazily enthusiastic, bleached blond, buzzed hair cut woman who used to put her hands on her head and shout, “Stop the Insanity”?  She was part of the “fat will make you fat” weight loss/fitness craze back in the day.  Not quite sure how many days ago that was….but quite a few I’m guessing. 

Anyway, the other morning I was having such a crazy morning, I began to have images flashing in my mind of this woman holding her head and shouting “Stop the Insanity”.  Now, you might wonder why I would have these images.  I certainly did.  But, it got me to thinking…..that phrase is appropriate for so many areas of life.  Think about it.  Like when my kids try to convince me, with conviction, for 15 minutes that it wasn’t them who stole the Twinkies when you found the wrappers underneath their bed…..”Stop the Insanity”.  Or, the teenagers who think that being rude is just a form of self-expression…”Stop the Insanity”.  Or, when someone in front of you at the market is raging about the price of a $4.00 melon (which could be dessert for a family of 4), while they are drinking a $7.00 cup of coffee….”Stop the Insanity”.    I could go on, but I’ll spare you the rhetoric. 

All joking aside, the point I’m trying to make here, and I have one, is that we are bombarded daily with the emotions, attitudes and demands of our families, co-workers and people in our communities; we have the demands and pressures of work and our homes; we have the constant dinging and ringing of our phones; and the voices of hundreds of marketing directors in our ears on our radios, televisions and computers.  Have you guys heard about the side effects of Lyrica, or Cymbalta?  Scary!  Don’t get me started on the news… most news is presented in a way that will elicit some sort of emotional response from the viewer.  Even the weather channel sensationalizes weather events.  If you aren’t left with a disturbed psyche or an instilled sense of fear by the end of the day, it may have been because you were distracted by the 12,645th miracle program designed to help you lose weight.  On top of that, added to all the external noise is the constant wave of thoughts we have about any given subject.   It’s a wonder we don’t all just hide in our beds.  If we are ever going to be healthy, truly healthy, and hear the subtle voices of our internal guidance system, we must “Stop the Insanity”!!!  We have got to calm down the external noise.   Did you know we all have an internal guidance system?  Well, we do.  You might be thinking that it is impossible to quiet the noises, but I appeal to you… How can we possibly be the directors of our own play when there is so much input from others?    Were you ever put in charge of a project where the other 10 people on your committee thought they were in charge too?  Did you get anything done?  Did you accomplish the goal?  Well, the same goes for your life.  Who is in charge of your life? 

You are in charge of your life.  You get to write the script for your play.  You get to decide what is best for you – heck, you are the only one who can determine that.  I think we, and I’m including myself, need to be reminded of this from time to time. 

My husband recently bought me a new phone.  I think maybe he got tired of hearing me talk on speaker phone because I couldn’t hear out of the little ear speaker.  Regardless, it was a nice gesture.  This new phone has something on it called Auto-drive.  Well, Auto-drive detects when you are driving and turns off the sound on your phone so you don’t know if someone is calling or texting you.  And you don’t have to feel guilty about ignoring someone either, because it sends a message to people who have texted you and tells them you are driving and will get back to them as soon as possible.  Now, I spend a lot of time in my car and at first I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I have to admit, I love it!  It has reduced my stress load considerably.   I didn’t realize how much stress that was adding to my life.  My car rides are much more peaceful now!  And I actually have time to think.  Something so simple has helped me calm some of my outside noise.  And that is just one example.   My new mission…..find more ways to calm the noise. 

My internal guidance system has gotten used to speaking loudly to me, but I’ve decided that getting hit by that proverbial train hurts and maybe I need to rethink how I am approaching my life.   I’ve shifted my perception.  (Remember from my last post?)  I would like the subtle noises again, please. 

Your internal guidance (body, emotions & spirit) will do what it takes to get your attention when it is trying to tell you something.  No one wants to be slapped down with a virus that makes you so sick that you can’t get out of bed, right?  But if you think back, there were subtle signs that you were getting tired or run down before that happened.  Most of us ignore the subtle signs….let’s face it, we are driven to keep moving….quickly.  But, we have a choice.  We can look for the subtle signs or get hit by the train.  We write our own script. 

Me?  I’m ready to move off of the tracks and listen more closely to my internal guidance system.  Are you ready to “Stop the Insanity?”

I wonder how I would look in that buzz cut.   Maybe not…

Until next time…be joy filled.

Lisa

 

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