Monday, 11 June 2012
By Electric Light Orchestra
Someone asked me the other day how I could stay so calm when others are freaking out around me. I told them I liked the idea that I can welcome something onto my gameboard of life, accept the unexpected as a challenge to over come, or to step aside and let the drama past right on by. "Bye Bye drama. Move along little punk!" I pick my lane and then try my best to glide on through with out too much rough water.
Oh don't get me wrong, I have earthquakes that go off inside me too, but I'm finding more and more the power of my breathing brings me back to sanity and I find that I've overreacted and feel a bit embarrassed by my behavior. I'm a learn quickly what does not serve me kind of person. I practice it daily. The busier I become the more I'm subjected to more of other people's stuff. My defense is to knock them off guard with a smile or some humor as my mind assesses the situation. Click click click or sometimes clank clank clack goes the wheels in my head. I have also been known to say, "I need a minute here to come up with a witty comment so we can change up the negative direction we're going with this...whatever it is."
It's summer, kids are off from school and I'll be heard through the next fast moving months of vacation to say, "nice try" or "I'm sorry, the complaint department closed on June 8 at 5pm and is not due to open until August 18 at 7am." Maybe this year I'll change it up and tell them the complaint department has not been able to find a skilled employee, so unless they'd like to fill the position, they can take the higher road. Yes, my children think I'm crazy, "And I mean that in a nice way Mom," they tell me.
Pick your lane. I'll see you at the other end.