Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time For New Shock Absorbers

This from Wikipedia:  A shock absorber is a mechanical device designed to smooth out or damp shock impulse and dissipate kinetic energy.
In a vehicle, the shock absorber reduces the effect of traveling over rough ground, leading to improved ride quality and increase in comfort. Without shock absorbers, the vehicle would have a bouncing ride, as energy is stored in the spring and then released to the vehicle, possibly exceeding the allowed range of suspension movement.  Shock absorbers allow the vehicle to bounce back and thus keep the ride smoother.
Without shock absorbers, it seems, we're in for a rough ride and might ultimately break a spring which is a pretty serious thing to break.
The old red Jeep, at 230,000 miles, needed new shock absorbers.  The ride was rough and the risk for greater damage and thus expense great.  So off to Boris went the Jeep for an over night stay.  New shock absorbers and the ride is again smooth.

We live in shocking times these days.  A new bump in the road seems to appear almost every day.  Certainly this morning's news of the Massachusetts election was a rough spot to work around.  Mud slides.  Buildings crumble.  Cash reserves dwindle.  Loved ones become ill.  Jobs are lost.
These are rough times that challenge our own shock absorbers.  Would that we could just ask Boris to replace our broken ones with bright, shiny new devicesto make our rides smoother.
Our shock absorbers are more often called Resilience.
We all have it.  It's just that sometimes when the road is really rough it can feel pretty hard to bounce back -- to reclaim that within us which makes our rides smoother.  We must, though, find ways to absorb these daily shocks and keep bouncing back because if we don't we risk breaking -- something.
Be kind to yourselves.

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