“Some place where there isn’t any trouble.  Do you believe there is such a place, Toto?  There must be.”

– Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

The Eye, the hurricane’s center, is a relatively calm, generally clear area of sinking air and light winds. The winds usually do not exceed 15 mph and the width of the hurricane is typically 20-40 miles across.

Even though a hurricane is a deadly force of nature, twisting, turning with flying debris, a calm can be found in it.

Encircling this calm is a wall where you can find the fiercest winds.

In Life…

In life, circumstances can sweep you up and leave you feeling out of control and drained emotionally and physically. During this time, you can be short sighted about solutions.

Sometimes running for cover seems like the only option.

Find The Calm.

While training in a martial arts class, part of the curriculum was breaking bricks.

Confused, it did not make sense, as to how you could do this activity bare handed.

The mental strength is the key so you don’t break your hand. It was basically mind over matter.

The Grand Master went on to explain “picture the brick as a problem. This problem cannot be solved if you don’t look beyond it.” 

Too many details can sabotage your efforts.

If you are distracted as you approach the brick –

  • Its going to hurt
  • I’m going to break my hand
  • Everyone’s watching

The momentum slows and you can get hurt.

Success should be like a hot knife going through butter, and it was… when I found the ‘calm’ and looked past it.

Life Is All About Facing Your Fears!

“There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

– The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

When trials blow in you can be flounced in discouragement, heartache, and fear.  That is why you must learn to put up a preverbal wall to keep the sanity in and the fierce winds of chaos out.

That’s where the calm is.

Whether it is short term or long-term challenges, remaining calm is vital to survival. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Concerns about money, work and the economy top the list of most frequently cited sources of stress.

The Secret To Find The Calm Is To Stay Calm

  • Be active. Removing yourself physically and emotionally can give you a better perspective.
  • Take control. Always know you are in charge; empowerment is where your strength comes from.
  • Connect with people. Talk to experts about your situation, new eyes on the problem always helps.
  • Have some ‘me time’. Distance yourself from the problem and realize there is more to life.
  • Challenge yourself. Positive self talk must be in place at all times.  Keep your problems separate, they do not define you.
  • Avoid unhealthy habits. They become addictions. Its only a band aid not a solution.
  • Help other people. Step up and help others. You then realize you are not alone coping with life’s struggles.
  • Work smarter, not harder. Don’t waste your time trying to camouflage the issues, just deal with it.

Learning is important

“A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.”

– The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Final Note, Take it or Leave it.

When you hear or see a hurricane approach you have two choices.

  • Hide
  • Run

In Life….

Sometimes it’s okay to run away.

What you say???

If there is wiggle room, before you are committed.

Maybe it’s a new relationship, or a new career direction.

Maybe it’s just not for you.

The confusion is a picture window on what the future could hold.

“You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away you have no courage; you’re confusing courage with wisdom.”

– The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

In the end….

The Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz, represents strategy – how you will get there; the path you identify as the best, smartest way to accomplish your goal. And each of the shiny yellow bricks in the road represents an action step – the smaller tactics that go into executing your strategy.

In her final moments in Oz, Dorothy learns her most powerful life lesson – she always had the power to get back to Kansas on her own. She just had to learn it for herself, which she did as a direct result of her adventures.

“Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams you dare to dream really do come true.”

– Dorothy

Your Calm Awaits!

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