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Oceans For Emotions: Concentrate on bigger things in life

Oct. 7, 2010 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Oct. 8, 2010 at 5:08 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

By Elaine Wheat

Today, as I was on my way to school, I had an anxiety attack. I couldn't catch my breath, my heart was racing, cold sweat was pooling in places I didn't even know I had, and my vision was becoming blurred. I would probably have gone into an outer body experience, except I knew the cause of my panic.

I realized that I didn't have my new fishing license. I have never, ever been without a fishing license. I always get them early just in case they run out, or the computer breaks down or maybe even the Rapture comes and all the Fish and Wildlife people are taken up and I am left here on earth without a fishing license. "One never knows, does one?"

I tried to calm myself down from my panicked state by performing self-talk to center my whirling, dervish spirit. I gently told myself, "Self, you can't even go fishing today. You are going to school to work." Self answered through clenched teeth, "Yes, but what if the whole school closes because of that Rapture thing?" Logic has never been my strong point.

Then I whispered to my soul, "Soul, be still. You can get your fishing license this afternoon."

With perfect reason my soul replied, "Every one who sees me today can look into my soul and know that I do not have a fishing license. People will say, 'There goes Elaine wearing another dress with fish on it, and she doesn't even have a fishing license.' How embarrassing!"

Today, when I got to school, one of my colleagues took one look at me and asked, "What's wrong? You look worried." I replied, "Wouldn't you be worried, too, if today you didn't have your fishing license." "Nope," came the reply. "I have never had a fishing license because I don't fish."

Some people are just not reasonable. I'm glad that I'm not like that.

Dear Lord, go ahead and just laugh at me, God, then help me to learn to concentrate on the bigger things in life and to get my fishing license early, next year.

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