I've found myself yearning for that sense of "heartspace" and regretting that I've allowed myself to go on autopilot. I was able to get it back eventually, and I've renewed my spirit. Whenever this happens to me, though, I vow that I won't allow myself to get in that position again. Alas, we all get to repeat life lessons when we don't learn them the first time around.
It all circles back to awareness. We don't need to beat ourselves up. We just need to observe, and learn.
No doubt you've encountered workaholics who seem to actually thrive at a frenetic pace. There's a theory that they do this to escape actually feeling -- or dealing with -- other elements in their lives. And, yet, work is such a noble thing that it's not questioned like other escape mechanisms.
Whether you're fully aware, trying to escape or hurtling through space, I wish you peace. We all go through these cycles in our lives.
Maybe a little reflection will help. Here are some of the best tidbits I've received from you as we approach another Mother's Day together:
On a personal reflection note, I want to thank you, the readers, for your continuing interest in this column for the past five years -- and my editors and the Sunday Gazette-Mail for your continued confidence. Here's to many more columns -- and continuing to learn and grow together!
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications company specializing in advertising, public relations, government relations and interactive marketing. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.