The day started with peace. Morning coffee sipped. Paper read. Boys joyfully helping each other with their chores. (I can dream, can’t I?)
Peace became chaos with a crash. We ran upstairs to see what had happened. In Taylor’s room the birdcage had been toppled over by Maddie, our Miniature Schnauzer.
One of the birds, Tiger, was flying around in the family room. Our other dog was running around confused by the commotion. Karen was yelling, “Rick, save the birds!” The boys were asking, “Where’s Polly?”
Polly was our other parakeet. Tiger was barnstorming the family room and Polly had pulled a disappearing act. Tiger was accounted for. Our older dog was accounted for. My great analytical skills deduced that if we found Maddie we might find Polly.
Sure enough Kris spotted Maddie at the edge of Taylor’s closet. A feather was sticking out of her mouth. I pried open her steel tight jaws and found Polly—inside and intact. We put her back in the cage with Tiger. Imagine their conversation.
“Some Tiger you are. Where were you when I needed help?” peeps Polly.
“Hey, I was a little disoriented myself after that fall,” Tiger fires back.
“Well, it was awful. That dog’s teeth were starting to sink in a little too much. And the breath!”
“And what exactly do you think I could have done? Pecked her into submission?” asked Tiger.
“I don’t know. But if the ugly one hadn’t helped me, I’d have been a gonner.”
One moment was peaceful for the parakeets. The next bedlam. Until someone came to their rescue.
Maybe you’ve had similar days. One moment you are safe in your surroundings, chirping away. The next—debt, divorce, or a doctor’s call upends your peace. You find yourself needing some help along the way, just as Polly did. When life goes from calm to chaos don’t crash. Instead, recharge.
Here are three things that help me in stressful days.
- Find a quiet place and be still for at least ten minutes. Whatever else is calling for your attention can wait. You’ll be better in ten minutes than you think.
- Take a few deep breaths to help your body relax. You’ll handle whatever else is coming if you’re less tense.
- Pray a short prayer. There is One who knows how you feel. One who understands stressful days. One who has known life storms. One who “. . . in every respect has been tested as we are . . .” (Hebrews 4:15).
Next time you feel the sharp teeth of life clamping down on you don’t panic. Stay calm and know your rescue may be a step away.