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April 17, 2011

Are You a Crazy Dog?

Author: JenniferMaster1

My brain works incredibly faster than my body. Thus, there is often a discrepancy between what I intend to do and what I actually get done. This can make one feel crazy, frustrated and wondering how on earth it can all be done without causing one to become insane or depressed. I may feel like the dog appears to be in the video. I continue to chase the fast balls in life, but may be missing the joyfulness I should be experiencing in life because I’m moving too fast.

Here’s a great analogy by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a pilot with plenty of aviation experience. Have you ever been in an airplane and experienced turbulence? The most common cause of turbulence is a sudden change in air movement causing the aircraft to pitch, yaw, and roll. While planes are built to withstand far greater turbulence than anything you would encounter on a regular flight, it still may be disconcerting to passengers.

What do you suppose pilots do when they encounter turbulence? A student pilot may think that increasing speed is a good strategy because it will get them through the turbulence faster. But that may be the wrong thing to do. Professional pilots understand that there is an optimum turbulence penetration speed that will minimize the negative effects of turbulence. And most of the time that would mean to reduce your speed. The same principle applies also to speed bumps on a road. Therefore, it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.1

May I suggest a few points to help us slow down our fast modern paces with career, family, and modern technology and media that move along so rapidly.

1. Take time to care for and love yourself. I know many saintly people who wear themselves ragged taking care of everyone else. Yes, we should be responsible and love and serve those around us. But if we don’t take time to fill our own cups, we don’t have as much to give. For a great article on loving yourself click here. One of my big daily events for myself is to work out at the gym or go jogging with my dog. This is an important thing to schedule in my calendar for myself, my health and my sanity!

2. Prioritize! Make a list of all the important activities, people, work, hobbies, church, self-improvement, values, etc. in your life. Then decide which of them fall into these categories: good, better and best. When you have a choice of activity for the day, see what categories the activities of the day fall into. If you have several in the best category, you might want to drop the good or better activities for the day. If you don’t have many “best” activities scheduled for the day. That’s a good time to do a good or better activity. For example, my extended family has planned a get together for Easter weekend. Although I have a painting project to finish, I will postpone that activity because family is on the “best” list. So the painting can wait.

3. Just say “No”. This can be tough to do when someone is asking for your help or inviting you to an exciting party. If it doesn’t fit in with your better or best list, you may have to say “No”. We need to remember there is a time and season for everything in our lives. Sometimes we have a greater focus on education, career, family, or some type of service, mission or charity involvement. The trick is finding our focus and balance.

4. Be protective of your time. Let’s dig a big deeper. I am currently working on children picture books. That is a “best” activity for me on my value list. However, I am in two online critique groups. Since I’m spending extra time on my new energy healing business, the hours of writing and critiquing cuts into my important family time or housework (that’s important for my family as well). I may have to excuse myself from one of my critique groups to free up a couple more hours and more mental focus on other things.

5. Use a calendar of some sort, either a paper planner or high tech organizer on your phone or computer. Put your most important tasks for the day at the top. Also, I try and do the less pleasant tasks first. As the day goes on, I find it harder to do the less pleasant tasks. Don’t feel bad if you need to move some items to the next day or the next week or the next month, as long as they weren’t ones that had today’s deadline on them!

6. Lastly, remember to take time to smell the roses, whatever that phrase means to you! Do you have any suggestions for slowing your life down and avoiding the “crazies”? If so, please share in a comment. Don’t forget to sign up for the free energy healing video at the top of the page. It has a great technique for helping calm you down when your are feeling overwhelmed!

1. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2010 Ensign, Link to full article

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2 Responses to “Are You a Crazy Dog?”

  1. Where did you find this post? Do you have a full time writter?

    • admin says:

      This article is all original content, and the dog in the video is really my own with my son spinning the ball for him!