The older I get, the easier I find it to maintain equanimity, particularly in the face of uncomfortable, upsetting or even dire circumstances. A lot of this seems to stem from the simple collection of experiences. Once you have overcome a circumstance that seemed terrible at the time, your definition of terrible becomes slightly altered. Once you have had the benefit of time and hindsight, it becomes easier to see the blessings that came from hardship. Calm isn't just something we seek during times of frenzy or challenges, it's something to find scattered throughout each day.
Today, I will pursue equanimity in all things and in every endeavor. I will recognize that although events and people may entice me to enter into a realm of destructive, negative or pessimistic thinking, I can make the choice to avoid engaging. I will recognize that although my body may speak to me through the language of stress and emotion, I can make the choice to avoid enhancing. I recognize that my emotions change like the waves according to circumstances, including emotions that help me to experience stress or anxiety. Today, I let go of urgency and trust myself to recognize the difference between what is urgent and important, recognizing that they are not always the same. Today, I let go of unproductive tension, and keep only the bit of adrenaline and cortisol that will help me to focus on what is truly important for my well-being and valued goals. I embrace the alert calm that is the natural state of all people and bring awareness to anything that threatens it. Regardless of my outside circumstances today, I embrace serenity and love, and seek only those things in my environment.
I was inspired to create this page in memory of a dear friend I lost to suicide. She inspired me all of the time with her writing, which she shared with the world as one of the earliest recognizable "bloggers." I'm saving this page for thirty-one days of little pick me ups, in the hope that they might help someone else somewhere lift themselves up when they are feeling low.