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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)

TITLE: Life from the inside out
By Betsy Boddeker
09/19/07


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The closest I get to being calm is drinking Calm tea from Starbucks. I live in Pearland,Texas which is a suburb of Houston and recently, I would say in the last three or four years, our town has blossomed into a sure enough American town that is spreading like wild fire and will soon become more like the city that we ran away from in the first place. However along with this progress,as some call it,came the advantage of having Starbucks right down the street from me. I recently found out my body does not take kindly to caffeine,so I am drinking an herbal tea that comes in a pretty little exotic box that I can take home and make in one of my pretty starbuck mugs or buy right there on the spot and drink it on the premise,if I can find a table that is not occupied by a laptop and it's zombie like owner, or I can also go through the drive through. All of the comforts of city living. As far as being calm, I guess I am pretty callm when I am drifting off to sleep on my couch while I am pretending to watch T.V. I am not calm when I get in the car in the morning and am half way to work when I discover I left my cell phone at home. In that case calm is not even and option. Naturally I quickly turn around and go back home for the afore mentioned item. How we ever lived without this divice is beyond me. I have heard that when one finds oneself in a stressful situation a deep breath will aid in calmness, I tend to gulp those deep breaths which lend itself to more stress than less. I have tried calm images to sooth myself and keep me in a calm place,but somehow I get bogged down in details. Such as if I am out in a meadow and I am walking in wild flowers and there is a gentle breeze, I start wondering where my car is and did I lock it and what am I doing out in the country by myself which makes me anything but calm. I have seen people on T.V. and in movies that are the personification of calm. Usually they are pretty and confident, such as the mom on the old Bill Cosby show. I always wanted to be like her,she stayed calm in all the family situations and eluded a peaceful demeanor along with a knowing smile that was meant to show that she was calm,cool and collected. The sum total of a good wife and mother. I too am a mother and I have raised five daughters, but not always in command of every sitution. Calm would not have been an adjective to describe me during their childhood. Busy , scattered, fun loving, rushed would have been better descriptive choices for that time of my life. Now that I am a grandmother I am less rushed although I am still working and still rushing, but just not as much. Calm is one of those attributes that is best described as a work in progress. I have tried meditation and somehow the calmness of it makes me a little jumpy,but I am working on it. To be calm is my goal, to learn about life from the inside out,and to approach it with a calm rational point of view


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Carolyn Kenney09/20/07
You have many good ideas about "calm." However, you should break it up into paragraphs and review it for spelling. Good job.