I found myself rushed – yet again. Trying to pack to get out of town and finish all my chores when it hit me. I really needed to have a photo of my mother-in-law's doggy printed up for her before I left. Did I have the time to do this? Probably not. But that never stopped me before so I ran to my computer, loaded the photo onto a flashdrive and jumped in the car.
As I drove to the store I did what most motivational speakers do while behind the wheel of a car. I wrote a blogpost in my head about how to avoid EXACTLY what I was going through right then. How to plan ahead, slow down and breathe to reduce stress and accomplish more.
I whipped into a parking spot at the drugstore, reached for the flashdrive and…What??? It wasn't on the passenger's seat where I put it! I left it at home?? The irony of not doing what I KNEW would have helped me avoid this very thing was not lost on me. Okay, Linda, take a deep breath and go back home and get the flashdrive. Focus.
So I turned around and headed home. I slowed down a bit and made a conscious choice to relax and follow my own advice in the blogpost in my brain. As I drove along, I couldn't help but notice that there was a HUGE tug of war going on between the part of me that wanted to rush and be stressed – and the part of me that wanted to slow down and relax. I pulled into my driveway and started to jump out of the car when I saw it. The flashdrive. I was sitting on it.
Now I'm laughing out loud. I'm guffawing. I'm in a funny episode of some television sitcom and I'm not only the lead actor in this comical scene, but I'm also in the audience WATCHING it! And it's hysterically funny!
After I stopped laughing, I realized that I was simply being given an opportunity to add something to my blogpost about how to handle the stuff in life that can mess us up. So if I may share – here you go:
1. Slow down to get more done.
2. Breathe consciously
3. Focus on what you are doing while you are doing it. And finally,
4. When you are the one causing the mess up – don't beat yourself up – just laugh at yourself, right out loud. It diffuses all the bad stuff very quickly.