Commotion - Is it Good or Bad?


Commotion is all around us. Sometimes it is more prevalent, and sometimes we allow it to cause stress in our lives. How we view that commotion, is the impetus for it to be stressful.

The other morning, a lot of things were happening at once. My daughter and I were leaving the house for a charity walk at the same time our son was leaving for work. We could hear the noise from construction about a half mile away, and the neighbors were getting a new roof which necessitated a lot of workers, their trucks in the street, and many air guns to attach the shingles. We all started feeling the stress of the commotion.

My drive to work is full of traffic and I consider that commotion because it is always changing, always eventful, and usually stressful if I let it. Any number of things happening all at once, or as the dictionary defines it: a state of confused and noisy disturbance. This usually translate into stress.

So how can commotion be good, instead of bad? My feeling is in the way you approach the situation - your outlook on life. I am no where near perfect, and I do let the stress of commotion get to me, but here are some of the things I try to do.

1. Focus on the moment: By focusing on what is happening in front of me, or looking for positives like the blue sky, a pretty sunrise, or music in my car, I can try and tune out some of the commotion on my ride to work. Also, focus on one thing at a time, not the big picture. If many things are going on in your house at once, try to give your attention to one at a time instead of all at the same time. Look for something positive that is happening and smile at it.

2. Realize it is temporary: Rarely is the commotion all consuming. Instead, as we move through our day, it ebbs and flows, allowing us to find times to regroup. When you are in the midst of it, breathe and recognize the temporary nature of it. Often times, it naturally flows into a sense of calmness and normalcy pretty quickly.

3. Appreciate life for what it is: Our life is ever changing and all the things that happen, make up life. If life were stagnant, we would all be bored. Progress helps us move forward, achieve accomplishments, try new things, and generally live life. Commotion is often a part of it all. Feel happy that people are around you and you have the chance to be part of your life.

When you find yourself surrounded by commotion and stressful feelings are starting to creep in, try one of these strategies and see if it helps.


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