When I got off work today I was in this weird bad mood. Other than the fact I had way more work than time to do it, nothing really went wrong. I was umm, kind of edgy, irritable, a little sad, and not fun to be around. So my plan was to go to the gym. I changed into my workout clothes, got in my truck, started driving to the gym, and no, that did not feel right. I just could not take the thought of being around noise and people and noisy people, clanging machines, all of that.
So I went where I go when my soul needs to breathe. We have a lake here with a dam about 3/4 mile across. Lots of people walk on it, here is a picture. I plug in my Ipod, turn up the music and take off. I see people, but I don;t have to talk to them. I nod and keep moving. I walked the dam 4 times I think, it felt good. And by the time I was done, so was my bad mood. I felt calm, I felt centered, I felt back in my body.
I can’t tell what triggered the mood and maybe it doesn’t matter. What matters is how I handled it. I could have went home and isolated myself. I could have went to the gym, following my plan. I am so happy I listened to my soul. I said what do I really need right now? How can I take control of my mood instead of letting it control me?
So the next you don’t feel quite right, somethings off but you are not sure what, take stock. Ask yourself, what do I really need right now. Throw the plan out the window and be willing to make a change. Take a walk, see a movie, call a friend, fly a kite, meditate, the what you do does not matter. Why you do it does. Do it because it is what calls you, it is what heals you. Love yourself so you can love others. I ended my day listening to a friend who needed to share a problem. Because I gave myself space and time, I had the space and time for her. We both won, because I listened to myself and responded to that call.