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big winds, little winds, all kinds of winds...

Posted Feb 08 2010 6:32am

Winds are a funny thing. There are all kinds of varieties of windsand just as many names in many different languages.


For our purposeswe're thinking of "winds" as life events. 

And just like lifethere is an amazing array of wind typeseverything from benign relaxing breezesto restless pre-storm windto tornados and those kinds of winds that whip up sand storms in deserts.

Some wind types are perfectly harmless; we even think some are romantic- like a tropical breeze at sunsetmaybe? Some aren't harmful exactly but can be darn irritating or bothersome. Some are mildly dangerous under some circumstancesand others are dangerous no matter what the situation.

To give life even more varietydifferent winds affect people differently. Some people really like wind in general (people who like to sail even depend on it!)while others are quickly bothered or disturbed by wind. Wind can make some people very anxiouseven damagingly so. This partly has to do with what innate kind of puzzle we have- some people have the equivalent of steel puzzlesothers have woodothers cardboard... (this isn't a moral thing or a character flaw thing- it's simply a fact- puzzles are made of many different substances- just like we all have are own unique genetics that are handed down through our families- for all you judgmental perfectionists out thereyou aren't allowed to interpret what I'm saying as "ohJohanna's saying I don't have the perfect puzzle type so I'm a failure... nice try though...)

There are the kinds of winds that overwhelm pretty much anyone and everyone- warfor instance. And there are the kinds of winds that can be damaging or even lethal but seem more subtle (not glaring and blatant like a war type of wind). There are acute winds (bigone-time eventslike a massive hurricane or a rapefor example)and there are long-termchronic winds that wear away at us over time (growing up being raised by a parent who suffers from chroniclong-term depression; domestic abuse; suffering chronic anxiety; being viciously teased chronically at school or by a sibling...).

Sarahyou say you haven't suffered any big winds. I hear that a lot from people. Maybe you haven't had one big acute wind (and I'm thrilled for you if you have not- it's so great to have been spared any huge wind in a life)but perhaps you've experienced constantchronic winds of some sorts.

Alsorememberthat when we're childrenwe experience winds as much more confusing and threatening than when we're adults.

As adults we can reason through what the wind might be- and we have history and experience to draw on to help us categorize the wind. We also have far more developed cognitive capacities than when we're childrenand we can use them to gather information and acquire answers/data/evidence that can help us deal with whatever wind we're up against. It may be that you experienced certain types of winds as a child that felt more overwhelming then than they might now that you're an adult.

We also can accidentally cause ourselves windeven though that seems strangeand even though we'd never want to do that to ourselves! For instancepeople that worry horriblyeven in the face of evidence that everything's okcause themselves a lot of extra wind (the kind that wears away at you and wears you down over time). And people for whom a medication for anxiety or depression would be reallyreally helpful but who won't let themselves take it cause themselves extra wind.

The moral of the storyas usualis that it's a good idea to get familiar with what kinds of winds we face in our lives- those ones that are historical as well as those that are currently with us. The more familiar we are with themthe more power we have to help ourselves be prepared for them and deal with them when they come- and to understand which ones we need not be afraid of and which onesin the face of whichwe need to run for the hills.
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