This morning, as I was checking out FaceBook, I was so impressed with Jordan Adler’s status that I stole it (I told him I was going to) and used it for my own. The status was “Drink life like cold water on a hot day.” I loved this thought and it stayed on my mind all day. This philosophy is a great one and something that can be applied to our attitudes as we go about our daily lives.
Think about it this way, many of us have experienced times when we were so parched, so thirsty, that we thought we might die if we didn’t get a drink of water. This usually happens to me when I’ve been working outside for a long time. I’ll get so intent on what I’m doing that I don’t eat or drink and then, boom, it hits me. I need a drink of water and I need it now! I know that this isn’t a healthy thing to do but I am getting better about it!
When I do get that cold drink of water I almost feel like I’ve been rescued, like I can now sustain myself because I’ve been given this life force. My body settles and everything is good once again. I am refreshed, nourished and revitalized.
It occurred to me that this experience of dehydration is much like going through stressful times in our lives when we feel emotionally and spiritually starved, panic stricken and desperate. At times like these we need to be rescued and a paradigm shift of our attitude and thought processes is, most likely, just what the doctor ordered.
A positive, proactive (instead of reactive) approach can take us from feeling desperate to feeling at peace. A shot of positives to our spirit is much like the drink of cold water for our physical bodies. We go from feeling lost to feeling restored, strengthened, revived and fortified.
When we practice and learn the habit of calming ourselves throughout our day then we can drink in the life around us and sustain our spiritual hydration. We can then achieve a level of peace and contentment that can’t survive in a stressful environment. There are many different ways of calming ourselves and these include meditation, exercise, taking a walk outside alone, gently breathing through your nose and back out through your mouth, listening to calming music, etc. While you’re doing these calming activities try to concentrate on the moment. Notice the breeze, the leaves on the trees, the birds singing, and the hum of the ceiling fan.
Breathe in life one moment at a time. It is a beautiful feeling and you’ll develop a new appreciation for the little things in life, the things that many people miss because they are moving way too fast.