“I recommend calm, and calm all the time.” St. Pio
Being calm is a gift from God.
I have witnessed people who remain calm in the craziest of situations. It amazes me how someone can remain calm when all hope is lost.
When I think of calmness I picture many different people.
The surgeon who remains calm when something goes wrong.
I think of a paramedic, as they continue chest compressions.
I envision a brother holding back his temper.
I see a mother remaing at peace when her newly licensed son is driving her around.
Calmness, to me, is so powerful because it is a virtue I pray for constantly.
Here’s a little story…
Recently, I was in the Emergency Room. I was observing a physician for the day who received a call to check on a patient. We were in the patient’s room listening to his complaints trying our best to figure out what was causing the symptoms. The room had three physicians in it, the wife of the patient, and the patient’s daughter.
It had been a LONG day. The emergency room felt like a sauna. I was hungry. I was feeling extremely anxious. My head was spinning. My to-do list was scrolling along in my brain like an instagram feed. I felt every negative feeling possible in this moment.
I was stuck in my head in complete distress when all of a sudden someone started talking to me.
The daughter of the patient with utmost sincerity and said,
“You are so calm.”
I thanked her for the compliment and soon we left the patient so they could begin tests.
Calm? Me? What? Was she joking? Am I being punked?
This story is a testament that God is working in you even when you do not notice it yourself.
In that situation I felt everything but calmness; however, this was exactly what the patient’s family was able to see.
Is there a certain virtue or quality you are praying about receiving? Is there a part of yourself you wish would begin to bloom?
I encourage you to keep pursuing the goal, even when you feel like you have nothing to show for it.
In the midst of it all, you may be suprised at how much of that quality you actually demonstrate.
“Never be in a hurry, do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
-St. Frances de Sales