Looking Chill

I have a book that was a gift to me from a coworker, The Little Zen Companion. I would flip through the pages waiting for some phrase or quote to touch me. This was often during times of stress when I was looking for a way to find a little Zen peace or perspective. One of the quotes that I turned to often was by Albert Einstein his three rules of work “1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” The result was sort of my modus operandi. 1. Control your environment were you can. 2. Ignore the noise. 3. Let the chaos settle and pick up the pieces that you want to save.

I suppose as I’ve gotten older I’ve mellowed. My work life forced me to look for the calm, often in the eye of the storm. I learned to let things go because not every problem was mine and not every problem had a solution. Now, I don’t easily get in a twist. I have patience. I developed an inner life that is still water. Basically I learned to chill. This is a Musette. This form has 3 stanzas of 3 lines each. The first and third lines rhyme and have only 2 syllables and the 2nd line has 4 syllables.

Order
Chaos at the
Border

Push back
Find the calm spot
Peace lack

Find Zen
Breathe deep breathe deep
Again

47 thoughts on “Looking Chill

  1. I like that~! My “go to books” are Kahlil Gibran and they are placed in strategic places where a short uplifting reading can be done. In a way they replace the bible that my mother used~! You will note that I sometime quote him in my blog. Some good quotes often come from people where you least expect it. And even the life of Gibran will disappoint you if your read about it. I just wrote a short article about meeting Charles Lindbergh not long before he died. I admired him all my life, but his was not as exemplary as some would like to think.

    Now if you excuse me, I am going to try out one of those “musettes”. Have I told you that I learn things from your post too~?

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    1. Yes, our heroes are still human and as much as we’d like them to be perfect, they aren’t. Glad my post has inspired you to try some poetry forms that are new to you!

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  2. Taking a step away like going on a walk or putting in my earbuds ans listening to music is how I deal with stress on the road. I have learned that I can’t let Wrangler’s bad mood when things go wrong get to me.

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      1. I try to control mine and try not to take it out on anyone else. Wrangler does not have the same ability and he is loud when he is mad or extremely stressed. That is where the headphones come in.

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    1. He’s not doing well. I have a call into the doctor and I’m waiting to hear back – he passed out (only for ~ 5 sec.) probably because he hadn’t eaten. And now has crackling in his chest when he exhales… I’m a bit concerned, my instinct is to have him go to the hospital but he isn’t sure he want/needs to.

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  3. Little advice books are the best. My favorites are about simplifying, so Einstein’s #1 rule spoke to me. The Musette sounded easy, but it actually has a lot of rules for a little poem. Oh, goody! I had to try one, of course. I’m following a list of prompts, today’s was “LIFE.” I took a detour from my usual (writing a Zeno) and tried this form instead. Thanks for the suggestion/inspiration. πŸ™‚

    LIFE

    moves slow
    in youth, but as
    we grow

    gains speed
    school, job, spouse, kids
    Stop, breathe

    it in
    before life’s β€œbe”
    β€œhas been”

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    1. Hehe! Oh Bonnie, I used to have a supervisor who would tell everyone to “chill” and it really grated on the nerves. Of course when she was in a tizzy was when she was telling everyone else to chill! We referred to her as “Tornado Woman”

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    1. Thanks Martha! I finished the book and wrote a review on GoodReads. Amazon wouldn’t let me review it as I hadn’t purchased enough from them to have that privilege. I’m passing it around to all the family before I send it to Michigan…

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  4. I like your MO! Since I retired, the chill factor has far outweighed the stress factor, but I think age also contributes to looking at the world around you in a calmer state.

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    1. Exactly. And those are the times when you must cultivate an inner calm and clarity of vision instead of taking on the anxiety and frustration of the situation…

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