It’s time to participate in the April A-Z Blog Challenge. I will be blogging every day in April, with Sunday’s off.
The topic for each day will begin with the designated letter of the alphabet.
Today’s letter is I for my Inside Voice.
My Inside Voice
Dan Harris has been making the rounds of the talk show circuit promoting his book, “10%
Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My
Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story”.
I saw him on the Katie Curic show and I related to his story. I imagine that most human beings can. Our minds are never quiet, not even when we sleep.
Mr. Harris, who is an anchor for the ABC news show Nightline, tells of having a nationally televised panic attack while he was in the middle of reading the news on Good Morning America.
What I like about his story is that he is not promising total peace or extreme euphoria.
He does recommend meditation. His approach is rational and realistic.
I would like to quiet my inside voice, especially at 1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m. and 5:a.m.
Those are the times, when it is dark and quiet, that my constant companion has the podium all to herself.
She is definitely hyper active. She jumps from topic to topic. She frantically meanders down one path and then suddenly makes a hairpin turn without warning.
She repeatedly asks the question “Why?” She agonizes over “What if?” She is a worrier that one.
She thinks she should, knows she can’t, and doesn’t really want to. She is quite negative, that she is.
She is a whisperer during the daylight hours, filling my head with dreams of “if only’s”.
She speaks of sticking to a diet, exercising every single day and drinking plenty of water. She warns me to stay away from sugar and reminds me to eat my vegetables.
Guilt is her most viscous weapon.
Just once, though, I wish she would give me a pat on the back and tell me how I am a pretty great person. I wouldn’t mind a warm hug and a “it’s going to be okay” every once in a while also.
I wonder what would happen if the thoughts that are continuously circulating around in our minds were spoken out loud. Wouldn’t you like to do that sometimes? For instance, instead of smiling and saying “sure no problem” when asked to do something that you would just rather not do, wouldn’t you like to be able to say “no.” With no explanation. Just plain No.
Our interpersonal relationships would certainly be affected.
I ordered Mr. Harris’ book from Amazon and just received it. I have only read the flap on the book jacket and am already 1% hopeful of being 10% happier.
What is your inside voice telling you?
Why not check out some of the other 2033 participants in the April 2014 A-Z Blog Challenge.