I was working out in a gym on a treadmill the other day and spotted those words. Wow, I thought. I need to do that - not in my workout - in my life... like on a daily basis. You know what I mean: Life has a way of momentarily getting the best of us - we flip out because the traffic's so bad that we're going to be at least 15 minutes late to a meeting it took six weeks to schedule. Or, the flight that we killed ourselves to make, was canceled - twice - thanks to bad weather and we had to stay in a really crummy motel overnight with no room service - and, oddly enough, no hot water. (This actually happened to me..) Or, the special birthday gift we ordered online arrived in the wrong size and color; we sent it back, paid for 2 day delivery and it arrived (late) in a different wrong size and a different wrong color... Or, (this is the last example) you interview for a job that everyone agrees has your name all over it, your resume if infinitely superior to any of the other candidates, you make a knockout formal pitch for it - and they give it to a stunningly ill-equipped guy who's bff's with the president. It's like you want to throw up your hands and say, "Okay, that's it! I quit!" Right? Wrong. This is when you press "pause," relax every muscle in your body (including your jaw, your neck and your shoulders) breathe out, breathe in, smile (yes, smile, it works wonders, even if no one sees you) and then, you mentally "reset." You focus not on what's out of your control (the traffic, the nasty motel, the idiot at the online store, the "judgement" of the company president) but on what'swithin it (you can make a joke of the traffic; everybody's been stuck at some point, with a few embellishments the motel experience could make a good story, you can give a late but all the more loving gift - and you can ask the "Universe" to just "owe you one" for the job debacle... So trade in the "dumbness" of life for the "delight." All you have to do is press "Pause/Reset."
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