I arrived a few minutes late for a funeral and when I entered the chapel the vicar was already conducting the service.
I parked in the main car park and couldn’t find the chapel, the lady at the reception informed me that the place where I needed to be was 200 yards down the road.
So I set of running. I ran and ran as fast as I could until I reached the chapel and entered.
I was breathing incredibly hard and fast and had no control. It was that bad that someone did turn around and I’m sure others noticed.
I did try and hold my breath due to the embarrassment I was feeling and attention I was drawing to myself. But when I held my breath the problem just compounded and when I breathed again the breaths were deeper and more desperate.
This made me think about our lives, when we hold things in the issue does not go away. We can hold our breath, or in life, bottle things up and not release them. But eventually this has to come out and when it does it is often uncontrollable and far worse.
The answer is to release stress when it occurs, like my breath in the church, I just had to breath fully initially and then it subsided and normal breathing resumed.
So, the moral of this story is don’t hold in your fears, past, worries or concerns because they will come out in some shape or form at some point in the future. Why not air these concerns in a controlled manner with the hope that a more stable life can follow.