I’ve been on the road a lot lately, schlepping through airports and waiting in lines for taxis, shuttles, rental cars, and hotel check-in. If you travel, whether for business or pleasure, you know the drill. Mind you, this motivational speaker is not complaining (although as Joe Walsh sings, “Sometimes I still do!”) Overall, wish I could say the same about the people around me.
What I’ve encountered recently is a lot of agitated, stressed folks – more so, it seems, than usual. Have you ever noticed that all it takes is just a couple of angst-ridden travelers or a crabby clerk to seemingly infect the whole group? So I’ve been employing a technique that I teach to simply “send them love.” I’m not talking about mushy love or shutting them up with a mouth kiss. Rather, when you personally want to smack someone across the face and say, “Snap out it!” try this instead. Visualize them as a little boy or girl who just needs compassion or kindness. You might be surprised how this shift in your mindset allows you to release your annoyance and actually move a situation in a more positive direction through a smile, kind word or helping hand. We’re all energy, so rather than suck their bad vibes into your body, raise the scene to a level of positivity. Next time you encounter that overworked customer service rep behind the counter, or a frustrated fellow traveler trying to jam her carry-on into the overhead bin, simply send them love. Trust me, they’ll feel it. Better yet, so will you.