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11.12.2022 In A Jam

How do you feel when you’re stuck in a traffic jam? What do you do with your time?

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I spend a lot of time on the road, travelling to and from yards where I treat horses. Because I live close to the M6, I spend a lot of time stuck in the traffic jam that is the M6/M5 junction! Thankfully, traffic jams don’t generally cause me stress, unless they are going to make me particularly late. On the mornings when I am travelling down the M6 and M5, I leave enough spare time that on an ordinary day, I will still arrive on time.

Thankfully, I love listening to audiobooks and podcasts, so they help me to pass the time. It always helps me to remember that someone else is having a far worse day than I am. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a traffic jam. I’m grateful to be warm, dry, and safe. People talk about being stuck in a traffic jam being a bad start to the day because they have been held up, but I like to believe that there is no good or bad, there just is. For example, when it’s raining, it’s not a horrible day, it’s just a wet day.

It’s not always easy to stay calm, and all we can do is try. I aim to meditate at least once a day. I think of meditation as strengthening my ability to calm my thoughts. If I wanted to strengthen my muscles, I would exercise in a way that improved my strength. If I want to be calm, and for my mind to be at peace, I need to practice being calm, and I need to practice my mind being at peace. I can practice this whether it is an easy day, or a more difficult day, in just the same way that I can exercise, whether or not I feel like exercising.

What do you do to help self to stay calm, when it appears that all around you is in chaos?

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December 11, 2022
Sue Palmer