I’ve been feeling overwhelmed more often than not lately, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. The open endedness of the current crisis, the way our world seems to be falling apart a little more every day, and the fact that just getting through each day seems to take far more effort than it ever did before are affecting my ability to maintain my center.

The advice offered in the above quote reminds me to put taking care of my mental and emotional health ahead of everything else.

It reminds me to focus on gratitude, to look for for the good news rather than focusing on the bad, and to make my self-care practice of meditating, walking, and eating healthy a priority.

And it reminds me that while “this too shall pass” can sound like a tired old cliché, like all clichés, it is actually far more true than the fear mongering we see so much of in our daily media exposure.

What are you doing to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed?

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14 Comments on Sunday Quotes: Calm

  1. The saying, ‘This Too Will Pass’ was always repeated to me every time I left my hair stylists shop, and I said, ‘I know, Brenda, see ya’. But she was right; everything bad and every good thing moves on and something else moves in. None of us should worry, easy said, but hard to do, but it’s true.
    It takes more energy to worry than to just hope for the best; worry doesn’t make anything better it just makes you tired, sick and old. I always say, ‘I have no fear my G d is here.’

  2. Walking trails in the woods has always been the way I find peace. Now that I’ve begun to paint “Kindness Rocks”, which is also calming, I bring them to place along the trail. Just imagining it may bring joy to someone who fins them, makes me happy!

  3. I love the quote. Thanks for sharing Ingrid! When I feel frustrated by all that’s going on right now, I go out back and rake a pile of leaves. It makes me feel better and I’ve accomplished something. Then I sit down and immerse myself in a good mystery and groom my cats. :}

  4. I have not watched the news in the past month except weather. It is just too nuts and people do not know how to turn off the crazy. We are chilling till whenever and love this quote

  5. “The night is always darkest before the dawn”
    From my various spiritual sources, they all say something similar…The planet is in reboot mode right now..There has never been anything to create this kind of unity on the planet, not even the end of a world war.A reboot is a pruning out of the things that should change. There. will be an integration of new energy.

    Knowing this, I look at the news in a different way…I view it as the
    death gasp of the old order.

    I nurture myself and the cats nuture me…they can tell there is a different energy right now.

  6. I get up before sunrise every day and head up on the trails near my house (I live in Colorado). That solitude, peace, and watching the beginning of a new day always calms and centers me–that and burying my face in my cats fur! 🙂

  7. God is my strength and my refuge. I lean on Him alone. Without the Lord Jesus we have no hope in this life or the next. I also spend as much time as possible with my sweet angel boy cat, Jerry. He comforts me like no human can. I love sitting on the couch on lazy weekends with him, watching old movies and Little House On The Prairie.

  8. Ingrid,

    Today’s quote and picture, fit in the turmoils world we are now in! Good point for reflection.


  9. My family and I decided to visit and to donate to a local Cat Cafe. It was the most wonderful thing we have done in a long time. We enjoyed holding and petting all the beautiful kittens and cats and this definitely put us in a fantastic mood all week! It helped us forget the problems in our world for a while.

  10. It is hard with so many distractions. I try to do something constructive every day, as we’ll as spending time outside gardening, walking, or just sitting on my porch swing watching birds and butterflies. My rescue Tortie,, Lucy Lea, gives me so much comfort and joy!

  11. I have always been a worrier just like my mother. I worry about every little thing. Finding a distraction has been the best thing. I have been doing jigsaw puzzles, coloring and reading. When the pandemic first started, reading was very difficult because I couldn’t find the concentration, but it’s getting easier now.

  12. I don’t watch the news or read newspapers.
    As a cashier in a drugstore, I’m mandated to wear a mask so I spend a lot of time just trying to understand what people are saying. As they are also mandated wearing masks, and there is a plexiglass barrier between us, I usually just nod and finish ringing them up.
    There are many who know I love and have 5 cats, so they tell me about theirs which is sweet. And calming.

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