Breathless: When Everything Is Just a Blur
How can you cope when your life is spinning way too fast?
Posted Feb 25, 2014
I have a sneaking suspicion that some of you can relate.
When life feels like the Roundup, there’s constant activity, high speed, no chance to catch your breath. You feel stressed, disoriented, and profoundly unable to focus. If someone (or something) outside your immediate circle of awareness tries to catch your attention, your most likely response may be a distracted, bleary-eyed, “Huh?” or an irritable, “WHAT???” Unmet emotional and spiritual needs melt into a haze as the world whizzes by.
STOP THE RIDE. I WANT TO GET OFF!!!
Then, without warning…the floor drops out from beneath you.
In everyday life, you can sometimes take steps to avoid these wild rides--those times of crisis, breathless urgency, and frenzied activity. You can offer yourself some protection by planning your time carefully, getting enough rest, and saying no to unnecessary commitments. But sometimes you may find that you’ve accidentally wandered onto the ride…or maybe someone else talked you into it or pulled you on. Regardless of how you got there, once you’re on, you’re on. You can’t stop the crazy spinning, and you can’t stop that floor from dropping out from beneath you.
So once you find yourself riding your life’s personal version of the Rotor, what can you do?
Be assured: The ride will eventually stop. It is not going to go on this way forever. Yes, your exit may be a bit clumsy. You'll probably stagger off the ride feeling dizzy. You might fall down in a heap. Worst-case scenario: You barf in the bushes. But ultimately, you will be OK. And even as you return to your more normal rhythms, you just might find a smile or two as you remember the thrill of the ride.