Are you filled with peace? Or chaos?
A very good friend of ours is an amazing artist. If you have been in our office in the past 3 years then you have definitely seen some of his work on our walls. You may even know him.
Wade Forbes began a project at the outset of the COVID pandemic. He began using his artistic talent and skill to spread hope, in a world that needed it more than ever at that time, by illustrating a single uplifting quote every day on a post-it note. He then shared those images through social media outlets and through individual test messages to friends and family. Those posts and messages sparked additional conversations that spread more hope and inspiration.
Earlier this week he posted this image:
The quote that he used for this particular image reminded me of several conversations that I have been having with our patients over the past several weeks. Our conversations have focused on the chaos of life. Unfortunately, it happens in all of our lives. There is nothing that we can do to eliminate all of the chaos, but there is a lot that we can do to find some peace amidst the chaos. That peace that we find through exercise, or meditation, or reading, or music, allows us to escape that chaos, even if it is simply for that moment. More importantly, the more time that we spend on peaceful activities, the less time that we have to focus on the chaos.
This concept of chaos and peace always makes me think of the old Asian image of the Yin and Yang. There needs to be a balance between the two. Too much of one can throw our lives into a tailspin.
When your life feels like you are fighting a losing battle against the stress and chaos that is a part of all of our lives, please take a moment and create even a brief moment of peace for yourself.
Your brain and your body will thank you for it!
If you would like to see more of Wade's art take a moment to check out his Instagram page.
Movement is my medicine,