Sometimes when things are happening fast around me, or if I’m moving faster than I should, I crave comfort.  It never fails to surprise me how quickly cravings for comfort can turn into something unhealthy.  That’s why it’s always important for me to remember my go-to list of convenient things that help center my world.  Rest, hot baths, soft blankets, food, alone time, TV, company and conversation all hit the spot for me in different ways depending on the scenario.  It is so easy to use comforting things in excess, so it’s no wonder that the world is full of addicts of all kinds.  I think all anyone ever wants is to feel safe, protected, alive, accepted and loved.  We experience comfort when these feelings are present. It is important to know how to give these feelings to yourself when it isn’t available from others.  It has taken some patience and thought to find out what does the trick for me.  And my emotional needs are constantly evolving, so I have to stay on top of the game in order to take care of myself.

When I’m super busy, it is always a shock to the system to walk into a situation where it’s peaceful and calm.  For example, today.  I’ve been running around knocking out a to-do list with 20 things on it like chicken without its head, but the second I stepped outside I was reminded that not everything in the world was moving as quickly as I was.  There was a slight breeze in the air, birds were flying around, and people were quietly walking their dogs.  Even if I have what feels like a thousand things to do, the world is still going about its usual day just outside of my door.  Daily stress can be so small compared to the big picture.  And that’s a comforting thought.

While taking a short break today, my coworkers Shelby & Lindsay let me in on a little bit of culture that I’ve been missing out on lately:  Missed Connections and Cake Wrecks.  Where have I been?  I am sure there are so many fun things that I miss out on like this…but at least I have friends around who let me in on them from time to time. 🙂