"KINDNESS DOESN'T SLOW US DOWN, IT'S THE FUEL THAT FILLS US UP."
Many of us have discovered that our body and mind are capable of many things. We study, work, take care of family, pay the bills, plan holidays, and over commit.
We treat our bodies and minds like a vehicle, a transportation mode from point A to point B.
What happens when we teach ourselves to drive faster and faster? The answer is we begin to lose sight of healthy boundaries with our bodies and slowly create a higher and higher threshold. Known as desensitizing, we gradely grow our abilities to fight through discomfort, pain, and sometimes even suffering. The problem is that even when we desensitize ourselves from the moment, our body's absorb the burden and hold on.
What should we do about it?
We need to recognize our speeds. If we go too fast too quickly we often lose sight of what is happening around and begin to leave out friends and family.
What's the price of slowing down? If you're anything like me, there is a guilt and frustration. Although temporary and worthwhile.
What's the benefit? We learn to appreciate the scenery, notice who's there with us along the way and most importantly we see that we are not alone. High drive can be a lonely place.
How do we do this? Kindness. We thank our bodies, families and friends for giving us the support we need to drive as fast as we do. Kindness doesn't slow us down it, it's the fuel that fills us up.
-Audrey Grunst, LCSW