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Sticky Notes!                                                                                     April 2008

I'm sitting in yet another airport right now after being on the road criss-crossing the country over the past few weeks - and in the face of crowds, security line-ups, time changes, far too many smells, delays, unruly children and cramped travel conditions, I fight the urge to be outwardly grouchy as I feel tired, uncomfortable, and irritated. It's nobody's fault and there isn't anything I can do to escape except try and manage my own mental state. Great. But how?


airplane

I know that my peace and well-being are a function of what I focus on. At any given moment, if I'm focused on how much things suck, I know I can find further "evidence" to support that point of view. Does it work the same way in reverse? You bet it does. It just takes something to ask yourself the question, "What is funny about this situation right now?" For me, having a laugh makes everything better.


One method I use to keep my mind in check is to place "Sticky Notes" with key messages and trigger questions in strategic locations.


For example, in my car I have a note taped to the dash that says:


grateful

It helps bring me back, especially in times of high traffic and road rage.


On my bathroom mirror, I have a note that says:


today

It helps keep me grounded and present when my mind tends to wander & worry and over-analyze things that don't matter.


Hmmm…what kind of note could I place in my carry-on bag every time I go on a flight? Here's one of those quotes that just makes me laugh out loud every time I see it:


Sometime you're the pigeon.

While it may seem simplistic and silly, I have found that just a little reminder can bring me back to being the woman I know myself to be - calm in a crisis, and someone who can find humor and humanity in practically any situation.


What works for you? How do you bring your real self back in times of stress & overwhelm?


Cheers to peace and grace :)






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