Recently a circus came to a nearby town. I like the circus. I like seeing the animals, the clowns, the trapeze artists and the other performances.
It’s fun to visit for a time. Everywhere you look there’s something going on. Everything is trying to get your attention. But after a while I’ve seen enough and I want to go home.
Has your life become a visit to the circus? For example, all of our convenient electronic devices and constant communication (email, texts, twitter, facebook updates, and on and on) are working to grab our attention. Look at me! Read me!
It’s difficult to relax or even do a simple task when somebody is constantly tapping you on the shoulder to tell you something or ask you a question. If you don’t believe me, go be in charge of some little kids for a short time. Lately it seems the people who have been appreciating their massages the most are the parents – especially moms – of young children.
A circus has a ringmaster. He is in control of everything that goes on. He directs attention to what is important.
Be the ringmaster of your life.
Unplug, turn off, and disconnect for a while. Really, how critical is it to you to know that I’m washing sheets right now or what was for lunch? I’m not against any of these technologies. I use them all. However, they should be tools to be used at our convenience, not a constant flashing beeping chattering distraction that increases our stress.
Make time for yourself. Get a top hat and a red jacket with tails if it helps. See if your stress decreases as you feel more in control.
Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio. Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com