"Suddenly I [was] aware of thoughts racing and crashing through my mind at an alarming speed--memories, broken promises, fears about the future, failed expectations of both myself and other people. This is a familiar chaos and one I now recognize."
I can see all too clearly how the of feeling of unleashed chaos prevents me from focusing on my life as it is, and on making the best of the life I have in front of me. When I have this chaos it is "a signal that my life has, for the time being, become unmanageable."
"At such a time, serenity is often just a phone call away. A simple acknowledgment of the chaos immediately diminishes it. I step back, step outside the madness, and all at once it washes away or scatters in all the myriad directions from which it came. The pieces of my chaos return to their proper places, where I can either leave them alone or chose to confront them one at a time.
If problems arise today, I will try to acknowledge them--and then put a little spiritual space between my problems and myself. If I can share about them with another person, I will further diminish their power. Recognizing that my life is unmanageable is the first step towards managing it."
...When we bring things out into the light, they lose their power over us.