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I have been working a seasonal job in a call center to make extra money this holiday season.
Today a lady called, and when she had finished ordering her products she suddenly exclaimed, “I don’t know what to do my husband died and all these grandkids are coming and I miss my husband so badly.”
I said, “You are going to keep it moving forward Margaret, because that is what we do.”
“Yes.” She said. “That is what we do. Thank you.
And we hung up.
And the terrible grief pains of missing my mother, who passed away on Christmas Day of 2017 appeared. And it just became so clear that there are SO MANY people who have loved and lost, and who have gone through so many trials and tribulations.
First off, let me say that the word “depression” gets tossed around a lot. Though we may say, “I’m depressed”, or hear someone else say it, we do need to keep in mind that the word can mean, “I am bummed because I lost my job and haven’t found another one”, OR it can mean something a lot more serious than that.
Searching around on the internet I found a lot of information about symptoms of depression, and while searching, I came across an article called “The Five Symptoms of Depression” (see the article HERE)
Tonight, I went to Kroger to pick up some milk and a few other odds and ends. I have most everything wrapped for Christmas, but needed some bows and also a few stocking stuffers. Truth be told, I go to Kroger at least once a day for something or the or the other, but tonight when I got out of the car and looked up through the old oak trees and into the nighttime sky, I felt what I think is true happiness.
It used to be that I thought happiness simply meant getting what I wanted. When I didn’t get what I wanted, or when things weren’t working out the way I wished, I’d get angry or depressed. Typically, I spent a lot of time being angry or depressed.
The monk went to his Guru and said “Master I have been here for three years, and I have been the best of students. I have done everything you have instructed and have asked of me, and I am becoming frustrated. I would like to be enlightened and I beg of you to enlighten me!” The Guru reflected for a short moment and then replied, “Come to see me tomorrow at noon, and you shall be enlightened.”
The next day at noon, the monk arrived in front of the Guru, and was presented a bracelet upon which was inscribed “This too shall pass”. The monk was somewhat put-off and said, “You told me that you would give me enlightenment, and so what does this mean?” The Guru explained; “All things are ever changing in the Universe. When you feel bad, just look at the bracelet and you will be reminded that it will pass. Do the same when you feel good. You are now enlightened!”
From the Revealing Health column by Dr. James Rouse, SOM May 2013.
Multitasking has taken over our lives. How often do you check your Facebook account, read e-mail, or make dinner while you’re talking on the phone? Did you know these actions compete with one another to use the same part of the brain? This leads to concentration problems and a sense of brain overload. Chronic multitasking can lead to a combination of brain challenges ranging from depression, memory challenges, rage, or attention-deficit disorder type behavior, and it causes considerable increases in stress. According to researchers at UCLA Medical School, *not* multitasking allows the brain to pause, which enhances neural connections in the cortex humanitatis, the part of the brain that makes us civilized, loving, and compassionate.
Why would you choose to buck the system and possibly risk being seen as a slacker for having only one ball in the air? Because it may make you smarter, more peaceful, and more alive. Our brains are built to thrive under the influence of one thought and one action at a time. Our proficiency and efficiency suffer when we multitask. We actually get *more* accomplished (with greater quality) doing just one thing at a time. Being present in this way helps keep stress hormones in check, which will enhance the quality of your mood, immune system, and overall well-being. Although becoming a *uni-tasker* may not come naturally at first, remembering to breathe deeply and focus on doing one thing well at a time will pay big dividends at the end of every day.