air-84675_640I would like to remain calm.

Because when I'm calm, I am productive.

When I am calm, I am reasonable.

When I am calm, I am resilient.

But, calm, which I'm often prodded to keep so I can carry on, feels elusive.

I can't calmly watch my parents seemingly skid off the side of a cliff.

I can't calmly listen as my mom says, "Oh, it's okay, Dad can drive me there."

I can't calmly respond when I'm told to stay calm.

But, it's true. I must stay calm.

Chaos wastes my time.

Chaos forces me to take my eye off the ball.

Chaos causes me to snap out of impatience and then to fret out of guilt.

Calm is good.

I can be calm because I can do what's necessary, what's next, what's ask of me.

When I look back, I will be grateful for calm. Because I stayed calm, I remained anchored in the moment. And, I'll remember that because I was calm, I made the most of what I had.

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Denise, I will use these wise words to remind myself to stay calm when the little things are collectively driving me to the brink. That is my particular downfall, and it's one of the most futile of all energy-draining activities!


Oh Denise, this is so hard to do when someone you love is in trouble or hurt. Calm is something we all want. You are right that calm is a good thing. We are much better at situations if you can take a big breath and center your energy to be calm. Your calmness helps your caree. My mom was always better when I stayed calm. It helped her not to go into panic mode because she knew I could/would handle the situation. From just getting to know you over the past few months I have been here I think you are a very calm person. Yes you have problems with being calm when your parents are sick, but they know you are there for them. Keep up the great job you are doing!!!!!!