The challenge for this seventeenth week in our fifty week calligraphy challenge was to write out a palindrome. A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backwards as forwards. We had three work crews working at our house today. I sequestered our pets – two dogs and two cats – in my studio for several hours while the beeping, rumbling, and loud noises persisted. I thought this palindrome was appropriate for my morning! It was a fun way to laugh at annoying circumstances.
We all have these days. The ones where everything converges into only a few hours. Meaning we have to be calm and endure. As we all know these times will pass and usually end up as very funny stories. Now that the crews are gone, the pets are napping and the jobs are done there is a great sense of calm and relief amidst our home’s inhabitants. And this is also the way it goes, the clam after the storm. Yay! (Which is a palindrome of course!)
We cannot always control our circumstances, and we must work hard not to let them control us. It is during these trying times that we need to control our tempers, our emotions, our mouths and work hard not to act out. Easier said than done, unfortunately. The good news is these trying times pass, some more quickly than others. They help us savor our regular lives and remind us that a little chaos in our midst doesn’t mean our world is falling apart, it usually means change is a foot. Change can be hard and frustrating, yet a necessary element of life. If nothing changed how boring would that be?
If you find yourself in the midst of chaos and feeling frantic, take a deep breathe and try to find the humor in it all. I did that today through a palindrome, who knew!?! Tomorrow will be better and peace will again prevail the land. And you will have a fun story to tell.