My home state of Missouri is experiencing what my mom would call a frog-choker rain. Being the visual person I am, I appreciate this description probably more than most as I see bullfrogs from my childhood swimming hole croaking requests for life preservers. With few words, one understands that a frog-choker rain is a doozey of a storm.
Do you know those storms? The ones that flood your body with heaviness, forcing you to gasp for breath?
I know them.
And through them I’ve learned what helps keep me afloat:
A drive to the beach or time in nature.
My favorite music, seafood and an umbrella drink.
Time with people who are near and dear.
A good book or maybe a good nap.
Focusing on my strengths, gifts, blessings.
Asking for help.
Being strong. Being gentle.
in myself, in others, in the divine.
Running, walking, or biking.
Just moving my body.
Really, really breathing.
I mean this quite literally.
All the time.
Focusing on what is within my control.
Letting go of the rest.
What keeps you afloat?
On this first day of a new year and answer that question.
What keeps me afloat?
Make a list of your life preservers. Save it on your bathroom mirror, or as a screen saver, or in your journal, or on the refrigerator
as a wake up call.
And on those mornings, during those moments, in those frog-choker rains,
go to your list.