Here are few we see in our daily lives:
– Surgeon General’s Warning
– Caution hot liquids (at McD’s and Starbucks on your coffee)
– Caution slippery surface
– Contents may explode under pressure.
I have never smoked because my mother did an excellent anti-smoking campaign for me growing up. I rarely chose to order a hot beverage anywhere and if I do I always ask for room for ice. And I walk like a little old lady on slick surfaces because I think it helps with traction.
My favorite is contents may explode under pressure. This is so true of my life and my reaction to it. Some days there is no fire lit under me and I still proceed just fine. But the days I have added pressure of a conflict, deadline, or having to be 3 different types of mom to 3 different types and ages of children I am close to my maximum pressure point. I am primed and ready to explode.
This happened multiple times over the past two weeks while my 6-year-old daughter struggled after her routine tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. She was down and way out in pain, exhaustion, hunger and overall unpleasantness with the worst breath ever. She could usually be found on the couch with our oversized heating pad wrapped around her head and a sports water bottle with ice near. My 9-year-old son was my right hand man. Until day 4 that is. Then he was done with all of us and especially his almost 3-year-old brother that adores him. And my wound up, silly 3-year-old would be loud and crazy the whole day. He would slowly approach his sister and say, “Sissy? Boo-boo? Owwwwww!!!” Then turn on his heel to make noise, destroy the living room or karate chop his big brother.
It was like chasing my tail, hitting my head against the wall and being in a dead-end all at the same time. So much chaos and so many different needs. Not to mention my own. Being sleep deprived and crazed I did my best not to lose it. Friends were so sweet to bring us meals, bring items to distract the kids and grab necessary items. (yes we ran out of toilet paper and milk) And my parents were a huge help on a couple of different days to help Kaylee and I rest.
But on day 7, I lost it. “It” was all my contents that were under pressure. As I sat trying to fold 6 loads of washed laundry that had become a towering mountain, I started thinking crazy thoughts. You know the ones that sleep deprivation bring on. They can include, but are not limited to: “I am the worst homemaker, mother, nurse, cook, planner, etc.” – – “I am never going to get us all back on track.” – – “My kids are going to remember this always as the worst spring break ever.” – – “How do I keep folding and sorting laundry when I just want to fall over and sleep on it?” – – “It is never going to get easier.” – – etc., etc., etc.
Hello Crazy! My contents were so under pressure that my sweet husband popped into check on me and even asked how much longer I needed on my own since I was losing it. Now my contents were turning me into a hot mess and ugly crying. Exhaustion is just the pits. All my negative self-talk and emotions were not how I feel about myself or my family on a normal day, but when the reality is heavy and the outlook is more of the same… you have every right to lose your marbles when your contents explode.
You have to have a team ready to help you recalibrate your settings for how much pressure you can take. I did and with some much-needed sleep I am back to my usual crazy level of pressure on a day when all 3 of our blessings are at school. These days help erase the rawness of those two weeks and I actually can’t wait to see all 3 later this afternoon. Well, until they break into a crazy fight over who can talk about their day first… or who was the fastest runner from the bus stop… or who is smarter or funnier than the other… (I can go on… but for your benefit I will stop)
So be mindful of your contents and how much pressure you can stand before you explode.