People nurture different habits to cope with life. The newest phrase I heard was used by a nurse dealing with patients having serious and severe neurological problems.
‘Leap off the Lily pad,’ it is the only way to deal with an emotionally and physically exhausting job, she said. When I am away from it, I don’t think about it…I leap off.
I loved the phrase and the context in which it was used.
Picture of a sprightly, fleet- footed being leaping off from a Lily pad and diving into cool, energising and restorative waters of change came to mind. The more thought I gave it the more empowered I felt. It made me believe that we had a choice to jump off for a while, and it was ours to make.
Lily pads, as a figure of speech, signify the places where we take our attention to, places that are sometimes challenging to our emotional and physical well-being. Either voluntarily or involuntarily, we climb onto the Lily pads of the past or the future, of worry and stress or of other peoples’ lives and its happenings… There is no dearth of areas that can consume our unguarded attention and sap us of our peace of mind.To safeguard our crucial, positive and life-affirming resource of energy, we need to consciously leap off from the many Lily Pads we unwittingly clamber on to.
We need to realise that it is only upon getting off that we will gather enough energy to get back on to the ones that really matter….