I was doing a listening tour of sorts the last few weeks. There’s an awful number of stressed out people. Many are very stressed. Some even anxious. It seems emotions are layering one on top of the other. And, many people are at their breaking point. Or, as someone explained to me recently, people are at capacity in terms of how much more they can take on or feel.
I was told that in some instances and communities there is a sense of feeling too much these days. Many are outraged. Many feel singled out. Many are tired.
As I was going through my thousands upon thousands of photographs on my phone, I came across one from my most recent cross-country trip. I took the photograph because of the hills. However, this week my eye lingered on the road sign. First off, Tortilla Creek seems like a cute name. I kept thinking of soup and not an environmental part of one’s trip that one needs to be on the lookout for. Second, the warning to not enter when flooded made me think of that individual who noted people are at their capacity, including those in the health professions.
I started thinking about whether we should have our own warning signs that flash loudly on our blouses/shirts. Sometimes we don’t know when to take a detour and not press forward. A warning sign could perhaps help simmer things down. It’s just a thought.
Of course, we could just approach each day and person with a smile and see how that goes. How’s that for a concept?