Overwhelmed Quotes

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Michael  Grant
“That's your solution? Have a cookie?' Astrid asked. 'No, my solution is to run down to the beach and hide out until this is all over,' Sam said. 'But a cookie never hurts.”
Michael Grant, Gone

Robert Jordan
“He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.”
Robert Jordan, New Spring

Bessel van der Kolk
“When you have a persistent sense of heartbreak and gutwrench, the physical sensations become intolerable and we will do anything to make those feelings disappear. And that is really the origin of what happens in human pathology. People take drugs to make it disappear, and they cut themselves to make it disappear, and they starve themselves to make it disappear, and they have sex with anyone who comes along to make it disappear and once you have these horrible sensations in your body, you’ll do anything to make it go away.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk

Peter A. Levine
“In response to threat and injury, animals, including humans, execute biologically based, non-conscious action patterns that prepare them to meet the threat and defend themselves. The very structure of trauma, including activation, dissociation and freezing are based on the evolution of survival behaviors. When threatened or injured, all animals draw from a "library" of possible responses. We orient, dodge, duck, stiffen, brace, retract, fight, flee, freeze, collapse, etc. All of these coordinated responses are somatically based- they are things that the body does to protect and defend itself. It is when these orienting and defending responses are overwhelmed that we see trauma.

The bodies of traumatized people portray "snapshots" of their unsuccessful attempts to defend themselves in the face of threat and injury. Trauma is a highly activated incomplete biological response to threat, frozen in time. For example, when we prepare to fight or to flee, muscles throughout our entire body are tensed in specific patterns of high energy readiness. When we are unable to complete the appropriate actions, we fail to discharge the tremendous energy generated by our survival preparations. This energy becomes fixed in specific patterns of neuromuscular readiness. The person then stays in a state of acute and then chronic arousal and dysfunction in the central nervous system. Traumatized people are not suffering from a disease in the normal sense of the word- they have become stuck in an aroused state. It is difficult if not impossible to function normally under these circumstances.”
Peter A. Levine

Judith Lewis Herman
“...repeated trauma in childhood forms and deforms the personality. The child trapped in an abusive environment is faced with formidable tasks of adaptation. She must find a way to preserve a sense of trust in people who are untrustworthy, safety in a situation that is unsafe, control in a situation that is terrifyingly unpredictable, power in a situation of helplessness. Unable to care for or protect herself, she must compensate for the failures of adult care and protection with the only means at her disposal, an immature system of psychological defenses.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Erik Pevernagie
“Let us drop our 'tin ear' and listen to the sounds of the 'real' world veiled beyond our inattention, and overwhelmed by the smoke and mirrors of superficiality. ("Like a frozen image")”
Erik Pevernagie

John Green
“but there was nothing I could do to dim the supernovae exploding inside my brain, an endless chain of intra cranial firecrackers”
John Green

Stephen M. Irwin
“Laine slowly rolled out of bed. The queen size was one of the few new things in the house. But now, even the new bed felt tainted. It was an inner-spring monument to lies, a petri dish of mendacity she had shared with her faithless husband, and shared now with creeping dreams that flew from the light but left harsh scratches and diseased black feathers. Laine promised herself that, as soon as, she could, she would rid herself of this house, this bed, her clothes, her jewelry - everything but the flesh she lived in. She would scrub herself clean and flee to start a new life whose first and only commandment would be: Never let thyself be lied to again.”
Stephen M. Irwin, The Dead Path

Clemantine Wamariya
“I could no longer discern what was real and what was fake. Everything, including the present, seemed to be both too much and nothing at all.”
Clemantine Wamariya, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Jon Krakauer
“I had some terrific experiences in the wilderness since I wrote you last - overpowering, overwhelming," he gushed to his friend Cornel Tengel. "But since then I am always being overwhelmed. I require it to sustain life.

Everett Ruess”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Jeff Foster
“Oh, sweet little boy, beloved little girl, you are so overwhelmed by life sometimes, I know, by the enormity of it all, by the vastness of the possibilities, by the myriad of perspectives available to you. You feel so pressed down sometimes, by all the unresolved questions, by all the information you are supposed to process and hold, by the urgency of things. You are overcome by powerful emotions, trying to make it all "work out" somehow, trying to get everything done "on time," trying to resolve things so fast, even trying not to try at all.
You are exhausted, sweet one, exhausted from all the trying and the not trying, and you are struggling to trust life again. It's all too much for the poor organism, isn't it? You are exhausted; you long to rest. And that is not a failing of yours, not a horrible mistake, but something wonderful to embrace!”
Jeff Foster, The Way of Rest: Finding The Courage to Hold Everything in Love

“Her arms groped forward to guide her when her tears blocked her vision in darkness. Then she couldn't run any more. She sank to her knees and began to cry in her terror. She wanted Gary.
She suddenly felt strong arms around her. She bent her head to bury it in Gary's shoulder, trembling in the darkness.
Whimpering like a small animal in a trap, she pushed herself closer to him and said in a choked voice, "I'm so frightened!"
"I know, my love," the voice said. "I'm so sorry you were hurt."
She felt herself being pulled up to him, his grip around her tight. It was a strange feeling in this pitch-black hallway, where not even the light of the moon cast any illumination. The lips she touched were cold and yet they responded to her with an unusual warmth. His hands massaged her back. Something, Melanie thought, was wrong with that. The hands were too smooth, not like a plastered wrist would feel.
"Gary?" she asked, backing away. She didn't trust what she couldn't see.
"My love," the voice whispered, "there is no need to fear now. I shall protect you from those who mean you harm.”
Clare McNally, Ghost House

“Every kid needs one place they can escape to when life gets to be too much.”
Lisa Fipps, Starfish

R.G. Manse
“Rosy lifted her arm, tried to say something, then pointed at the cafe, held her head, covered her mouth and—humiliation of humiliations—she began to cry. Right there in the street. “I’m so confused,” she said but it came out as a great honking wail.
“Come here, you silly girl,” Phyllis said.
The woman put her arms around Rosy, patted her back, and for the first time in forever, Rosy allowed herself to just cry.
A young mother with twins in a pram passed them. The children’s eyes tracked Rosy for a second before their faces crumpled and they started to cry too.
“I’m sorry,” Rosy said, and flapped her arms. “I’m sorry.”
R.G. Manse, Screw Friendship

Marie Benedict
“The risks of the conflict never overwhelmed me, only the fear of marginalization.”
Marie Benedict, Lady Clementine

“I used to walk about the world pretending to be so tall. I would lift my chin higher, hopeful that in some small way I was actualizing my desired grandiosity. But I was not grand. I was not good or pure. I was only human. Now, I walk about the world aware of the grandiosity that surrounds me. And instead of feeling overwhelmed or small, I feel invited. Invited to explore a life that offers experiences much greater than any I have had thus far. -Marquita Burke De Jesus”
Marquita Burke De Jesus

“Listen, there are other things in life besides the day-to-day, all of this is great but really, it's going nowhere... It seems like I don't have time to do anything. I'm stuck... I do a million things and nothing comes out...”
Dominique Goblet, Pretending Is Lying

Janine Urbaniak Reid
“I don't cry. I refuse to get depressed or overwhelmed. Feelings like these are for people who don't have such elaborate to-do lists.”
Janine Urbaniak Reid, The Opposite of Certainty: Fear, Faith, and Life in Between

Sam Selvon
“Always, from the first time he went there to see Eros and the lights, that circus have a magnet for him, that circus represent life, that circus is beginning and the ending of the world. Every time he go there, he have the same feeling like when he see it the first night, drink coca-cola, any time is guinness time, bovril and the fireworks, a million flashing lights, gay laughter, the wide doors of theatres, the huge posters, everready batteries, rich people going into tall hotels, people going to the theatre, people sitting and standing and walking and talking and laughing and buses and cars and Galahad Esquire, in all this, standing there in the big city, in London. Oh Lord.”
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

Corinne Beenfield
“Helen stayed on that wood floor, her knees curled toward her chest, as though she could hold herself together that way when everything inside felt like it was exploding. How she hated these episodes. The first time one had happened to her so many years ago, she had thought it was a heart attack, but now she knew all too well the sensation of her organs rebelling. It forced her body to shake furiously against her will. Hot tears coursed down her cheeks, and she couldn’t seem to produce a single positive thought to counter her panic. That was my only chance! What am I going to do? What am I going to do!?

How long she lay there, she did not know. When Helen finally came back to her senses enough to notice the world around her, she saw that the light through the window had shifted to a sunset glow.

Breathe. Just breathe, she commanded herself. It was then that her gaze caught on a rectangle of cream paper stuck under the kitchen drawers. How had she missed it? She knew she had swept thoroughly.”
Corinne Beenfield, The Ocean's Daughter

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Faith lets you see the possibility in every situation.
Others may see a desert but what you see is a place where virtually everything can be grown.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

James Hollis
“… all our stuck places track back to the twin existential threats to our survival and well-being: abandonment and being overwhelmed. 47”
James Hollis, Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives

“I wish to tell you that it’s completely okay if your life seems like a mess to you. It’s okay if you are lost or haven’t found your way yet. It’s okay if you haven’t found your real place in this world yet.

I repeat – It’s okay! No need to feel frustrated, overwhelmed or disappointed.

You deserve genuine & lifelong success, happiness & wellbeing, that can’t be taken away from you no matter what goes around you or happens in the world.

For this kind of life, you have to work consistently with time & patience. This kind of life is big goal which will require changes in your lifestyle, routines, priorities, attitude & behavior. They’re not overnight goals.

But, today you have a blank canvas & you don’t know where to begin. You have multiple things to improve & achieve in life. Today, you really don’t know what to do, where to start. It’s perfectly okay.

You just need to start – start at A & don’t try to jump to Z immediately. Take a step by step approach.

Think of one, the most immediate, small thing you can do today or tomorrow. Just think of what you want to do. Just think of what you can immediately start & stop. Think of first small step you can take today.

For an example, if you plan to improve your health to begin with – Then instead of immediately starting a difficult to maintain diet, can you stop eating junk while you are at home? Can you drink 3 more glasses of water each day? Or stop eating past 9 pm? Can you begin to walk more, use stairs than lift?

Start giving your best in everything that you have in your hand. Stop fighting, stop questioning & stop trying to gain control over everything.

Remember, healing, growth & progress happens over a period of time – one step at a time. I am sure you think it is not cool, but that’s how thing works in life for most of the world.

I pray God to help you receive an extra dose of motivation, enthusiasm & energy to take first step in order to create what you really want, do what you really love & start living your life exactly how you want.

My best wishes & blessings are always with you!”
Rajesh Goyal

“When everything is falling down around you; when you’re faced with horrible disaster and people are overwhelmed; when you’re in the midst of huge personal disappointments; when the things you are believing for don’t happen – remind yourself that God is in charge. When it would be easy to think, “God, where are You?” – that is exactly when you need to stir up your loyalty to Him and lean into your core beliefs of what you know to be true about His nature and character. He is always good, kind, just, loving, faithful and true. Your actions and your words reflect your beliefs about God. Declare: “God, I don’t understand any of the circumstances, but I want to declare that I am absolutely loyal to You. There is nothing wrong with You; there never has been, and there never will be. Even if I never understand, I will be loyal to You, trusting in Your nature and character.”
Darlene Cunningham, Values Matter: Stories of the Beliefs & Values that Shaped Youth With A Mission

Kelli Russell Agodon
“No one expects perfection, except when they do, which is always.”
Kelli Russell Agodon, Dialogues with Rising Tides

Christina Casino
“When you need to let it out, write. Get it out of you and onto paper. Just remember it may start small, but it could grow to be something big. When you reach times of overwhelmingness take a deep breath and allow it to slowly escape. It is a wonder how a repetitive action such as breathing can make you feel. These are the words I find myself being constantly reminded of.”
Christina Casino, Unforeseen

“Judgment is literal, even in and with their own health. When someone wants and needs calm or regulation, there is an atmosphere of constraint created. When someone’s regulation is in part a self-created world, the other is now in uncertain territory. In an effort to diffuse the tensions, the AVP will often project an attitude of not caring and one of being overwhelmed.”
Dr. Sandra Smith-Hanen, Hiding In The Light: Understanding Avoidant Personality Disorder

“Even the rope of steel breaks once overwhelmed with too much tension; how much more flesh and blood? Everybody has a breaking point, so do not push too much.”
Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

“The world felt smaller from that vantage point, and much easier to understand. Life was messy and complicated when you were in the middle of it, while it was rushing toward you from all angles, close-up and in full color. Up there on that roof, I felt like I could breathe a little better, zoom out just enough to feel myself situated in the cosmos.”
Terry Miles, Rabbits

Karelia Stetz-Waters
“Then for no reason and for every reason, she burst into tears.”
Karelia Stetz-Waters

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