Tuesday, February 23, 2010


There is a lot to be said for hiccups...they are annoying little intrusions into our lives. Ones that we do not ask for and ones that are not a welcome part of our everyday. We all experience them from time to time, and they always sneak up when we are not expecting them.
The thing that makes them the most frustrating is that once they arrive we obsess about how to get rid of them. Everyone has an idea of what makes them just go away. Hold your breath, drink water, scare them away, stand on your head, etc.
When one actually examines what a hiccup is they then are able to see the solution. According to Google a hiccup is the "spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm that repeats". It is caused by an upset in the rhythm of normal breathing patterns.
So, this information lends itself to the question...how does one get "rid" of the hiccups? I think this is the most important part of the entire discussion. One can not simply get rid of them. They are a fact of life, everyone has had them at some point. The only way to get through it is patients and understanding the problem. When one takes time to see the bigger picture it becomes much easier to see that there may not be a fix, simply a readjusting until the problem works itself out. Personally, when there are hiccups in my life I find that if I step back and take slow steady breaths I eventually get back to where I need to be. After all, isn't it the moments that take our breath away in one way or another the ones that make us appreciate the roller coaster of life?

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