Good morning, dear one.

I have really come to enjoy sitting down with you for a few minutes ‘in the wee small hours of the morning while the whole wide world is fast asleep‘. My early morning quiet time gives me the space to drink my coffee and think about what I’d like to share with you, and this morning what’s on my mind is stillness.

All too often, my work schedule has me running way too fast for way too long, and I let my mind get caught up in the whirlwind. That makes me feel chaotic and unmoored; it affects the quality of my work and how I feel. It’s in moments like this that I have to remind myself of the importance of stillness, and how grounding it is when you understand its value.

I have high-functioning anxiety, it’s just how I’m wired. My default is to spin too many plates at once. But in moments of stillness, I am able to let those plates come to a stop and be ok. The plates that need my attention will be still and balanced, while others might fall crashing to the floor. And I am learning to be at peace with it, because I can’t be the only reason that every plate is spinning all the time. I’m not here for that.

Today I’d like to encourage you to lean into stillness. Learn to be ok with the quiet, and to let yourself just be. It’s hard at first, because when the world around you goes quiet, your thoughts will seem so incredibly loud that you will want to drown them out with music or television (or booze) rather than to let your internal volume self-regulate. Stay with the stillness and the chaos will slow and get quieter.

And never forget that I love you.


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About Sentimental Dom

Michael Nolan is The Sentimental Dom. He wants you to keep your chin up, treat everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect, and drink more water.

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