Feeling overwhelmed is something I try to avoid. When you’ve lived 67 years, you start to learn what overwhelms you, like too many social events in one week, too many appointments, a crowded room where a lot of people are talking and not being able to hear the person next to you.
Thankfully, I’m not overwhelmed as often as I used to be before I retired. I just have to learn to not take on too much, as in volunteer work, community activism, and damn social events since I have embraced my inner introvert. It’s not that I’m anti-social, but I don’t do well at events that are purely social. Just the thought makes me cringe. So ENOUGH OF THAT!
I’m starting this post over.
But first, here’s my plan:
It might not always happen, but peace is a priority in my life. Do you hear that, mind? Step away from the drama and go to the light.
One of the things I learned in recovery meetings for codependency, overeating, or other side doors to recovery, is this:
“You can start your day over at any time.”
You can start your day over at 11pm if you want to. The past can’t change and maybe I messed up earlier in the day, but nothing can ruin my entire day, because there can be good moments mixed in among the bad ones. But those are judgements. As many of us have learned, something “bad” can eventually turn into something “good.”
In starting the day over, a deep breath can help. In my yoga class, we do this thing where we open our arms wide, raise our hands overhead so that our fingers touch in an overhead arch, then bring our hands straight down in front of our body as we makes a shhhhhhhsh sound. Sometimes I wiggle my fingers like rain is washing away the tension. We so it three times. It’s pretty simple, and I should/will use it more often at home…. or at social events when I retreat to the bathroom.
Starting over. What a good thing to be able to do.
After looking up songs about starting over, this cover was my favorite:
Are we ever too old to start over?
I don’t think so. What I really mean is, hell no!
Happy Mother’s Day to ALL Mothers,
including dog mothers, cat mothers, horse mothers…..
Peace and blessings to all.
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May 13, 2023 at 9:15 am
So true! I love the thought of being able to start a day over even at 11 pm!
May 13, 2023 at 9:54 pm
Thanks, Tamara. I’m glad you can relate. 🙂
May 13, 2023 at 9:47 am
You are correct, JoAnna. It’s never too late to start the day, week, month or year over. Or perhaps start a new chapter in life. I understand overscheduling with volunteering, appointments, social events, etc. I’m not an introvert (unless you count the winter days when I want to be a hermit), but I’m also not the best conversationalist. I simply like being around people most days and being around my cats the rest of the time.
Enjoy the weekend with your hubby and the critters in your life!
May 13, 2023 at 9:57 pm
I like how you’ve expanded starting the day over to include a new week month, year or chapter. My conversation skills come and go. Sometimes I like discussing deep, philosophical issues with open minded people, but I can easily stumble with small talk. I hope you have a lovely Sunday.
May 13, 2023 at 10:14 am
Since I was 67 I have started over living just as I had always hoped for
May 13, 2023 at 9:59 pm
Thanks for the inspiration, Derrick. I’m very happy for you and Jackie. 🙂
May 13, 2023 at 12:23 pm
I like the idea of starting over at any time of the day. This is a great post JoAnna.
May 14, 2023 at 9:01 pm
Thank you, very much, Lauren. I’m glad you liked it.
May 13, 2023 at 1:28 pm
It is strange how certain things can upset us so much. I used to dread certain events at work for weeks and they were over and done with in a flash. It is true that our lives are filled with good and bad moments. Your attitude of starting over at any time of the day is very sensible.
May 14, 2023 at 9:24 pm
Thank you for your understanding, Robbie. It’s good to remember things we’ve dreaded are over and done in a flash and there IS plenty of good to be thankful for!
May 13, 2023 at 5:48 pm
This really spoke to me, JoAnna. I’m in the same place in life. I haven’t heard the motto “You can start your day over at any time” before, but I love it and your suggestion that we can start over at any hour, even 11 pm. Thank you for this relatable, validating and comforting post. 🙏
May 14, 2023 at 9:43 pm
I’m so glad this spoke to you and comforted you. Sending peace and blessings.
May 14, 2023 at 8:00 am
Nice! I like this idea. You can always start over. Classic!
May 14, 2023 at 11:37 am
I like this idea of being able to start over everyday and I live in a moment. Anita
May 14, 2023 at 9:53 pm
I’m glad you like it, Anita. Yes, to living in a moment!
May 14, 2023 at 1:05 pm
Thank you for sharing!!.. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ( Maria Robinson )… 🙂
Hope you are having a wonderful Mother’s Day and until we meet again..
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
May 14, 2023 at 9:57 pm
Oh, I love that quote about making a new ending. It’s so hopeful. Thanks, Larry. 🙂
May 16, 2023 at 7:35 am
“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” Jean de La Bruyere
May 15, 2023 at 3:38 pm
We’re never too old to start over.
May 15, 2023 at 11:53 pm