This month....

June 2018

June seems to have brought with it more temperate weather after the recent heat & storms. A light breeze, not too hot, not too cold, not too humid. Perfect.

We're all affected by the weather & in a climate like ours no wonder everyone talks about it! It's so different day to day. When it's hot & humid life in the city is truly unpleasant. When it's pouring with rain someone somewhere is having to pick up the soggy pieces. So something moderate may not wow everybody but it's an awful lot easier to deal with.

A bit like life? The highs are fantastic, euphoric even. Everyone likes having a good time. You feel great, life seems easy, you have loads of energy, everything works, your enthusiasm is infectious. It feels like it will never end. The lows, on the other hand, also feel like they'll never end - but in a bad way. You have no energy, nothing goes right, it feels like trudging through mud. Suddenly you're not so much fun to be with & you can't think how you got there or how to turn things around. All you can see is negativity & everything that happens seems to reinforce your current world view.

What to do? The highs are fun, the lows are awful. Then along comes equilibrium. Just like the weather. Not too high, not too low, something manageable right in the middle. Life will always be throwing curved balls & it's easy to simply be carried along. The real trick worth learning is how to maintain a sense of balance no matter what life throws in your direction & perhaps even harder, in the direction of those you love. Make no mistake, if you want to help yourself or anyone else then being on an emotional roller coaster is completely understandable but clouds your vision & renders you less effective when action needs to be taken.

Balance, on the other hand, is an extremely attractive, useful & worthwhile quality to nurture. We could all use a little bit more!

© Susan Mumford, 2018