Ever feel like a Zombie lurching through the day? Perhaps your friends and co-workers have noted a glazed-over, far-away stare. Or, maybe it feels as though your brain can only perform base-level tasks even after a double-espresso.
If you can register a pulse and your flesh is not decomposing be assured that you are not a real Zombie. You may be experiencing a higher level of stress or sleep-deprivation than usual, but no one ate your brain and your symptoms are widely recognized by the medical community and Zombie websites (see frequently asked questions about Zombies).
However, there is an excellent remedy for those who are feeling a little dull and catatonic. When I am feeling like the “walking dead,” I follow the lead of a great “medicine woman.” Her methods have proven superior to alternatives such as a new job, new life or even dinner out. Her approach is to shed the shackles of seriousness in the daily grind. Lori Steager Coe knows how to amp up the fun-factor in every-day life.
In Lori’s profession as a membership director at a local church, she meets a wide range of people searching for meaning in life. She sees this as important but notes, “Everyone needs a healthy spiritual life to feel connected and be a whole person but you don’t have to save the world every second. You need to find ways to bring joy to your entire being.” Life is dynamic and finding balance is an ever-lasting series of adjustments.
Lori is a master-instigator of activities that most mid-life adults have long-lost on their radar screen. She has organized a roller-derby night, a 1950s dress-up Grease sing-along and gathered participants for the annual Global Flash Mob “Thriller” Day Zombie dance (http://thrilltheworld.com/). She definitely challenges the comfort zone of her friends but they rarely turn down an invitation to a feel-good orbit.
However, there is a price to be paid for achieving balance, it means letting go of perfection. Lori said, “My house is a mess and my Christmas decorations are still up and will be for a while but something’s gotta give. There were times in my life when I was organized but this is not one of them.”
When you feel like a Zombie has overtaken your body, follow Lori’s lead and give yourself permission to do something a little fun and crazy. Revitalize your “Joi de vivre,” with your only purpose being fun and watch your clear-eyed look return in the mirror.
Carol Lewis Gullstad January 14, 2013
- Why I wouldn’t mind being a zombie….aside from the fact that I wouldn’t have a mind at all (savedindrafts.wordpress.com)