The search for serenity...
I thought a lot about my own stress-coping mechanisms. The things that make me feel calm are the flip side to what makes me feel stressed.
Disorder, chaos, noise... I can deal with a lot of it, but after a while this stuff stresses me out. I don't like feeling like things are out of control.
I can't control people or the chaos of the world, so how can I find serenity?
My solution is to tackle the small stuff and create an area of peace in my immediate surroundings.
I can turn down the noise, put clutter away, fold clothes, line up books in a bookcase. I know it doesn't change the outside world much, but it does something to change my reaction to it. One small act to exert control over one small area of chaos. Somehow that calms me.