Why Bother?

The tagline sits enthusiastically below the CalmUp® Journey logo:


What’s the point? Why bother to take a CalmUp® Journey? Let’s face it, setting aside 15 to 20 minutes of time per day takes effort.

My personal reason for taking daily CalmUp® Journeys is because I know that there’s no way I can help anyone else have a better day if I’m not elevating myself first.

When I asked my friend, Mary, “Why bother?” I became silent and was respectful of her response, “Because there’s an innate desire to be close to God.”

In my own experience, when I’m in a good mood (a rating of “9” on the CalmUp® Journey scale of peace and joy), I do feel a connection with Spirit—and when I’m in a bad mood (a rating of “3”), I’m definitely not present to oneness. Of course, feeling a connection with Spirit is not dependent on a high rating.

The CalmUp® Journey, however, isn’t about good moods vs. bad moods. One’s rating of peace and joy isn’t even a crucial component. The point is to continue to use the life map, going up and down. That’s living—a journey worth making.

Self-Help: A.K.A. KvetchUp Anyone?

To whom do you complain?

From whom do you seek help?

A close friend or loved one can be a wonderful listening ear; a partner or neighbor can be a great helper.

Did you know that taking a CalmUp® Journey is another option?

Case in point:

I wanted to complete my interview of Regular Folks With a Noteworthy Story before 5:00 PM. Yet, I didn’t see how I could make it happen when I had a full schedule of patients to see at the nursing facility, followed by a hair appointment (no woman wants to reschedule), and I also needed to get to the bank.

CalmUp® Journey question:

How can I get out of the way and let providence in?


Within 20 minutes, my rating of peace and joy on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) shifted from a “4” to a “10”—yes a 10. I let go of the outcome of whether or not I’d be able to do the interview and headed to the day job. When it was time to meet with my last patient of the day, I discovered that a family member had taken her out of the facility for her birthday. Providence. I headed home and completed the CalmUp® interview over the phone prior to my hair appointment. Afterward, I stopped off to pick up a small present for my patient, headed to the bank, and returned to work. I found my patient with a big smile, because she was hoping to see me on her birthday. I also had a big smile.