Whew - what a week! In addition to the usual stuff with work, travels, house repairs, getting the kids ready for school (etc etc), I started my second round of P90X and am also looking at my own next educational adventure. Crazy land!
When things get especially hectic, it helps me to have a few mantras that I can quickly pull out of the mental toolbox. Some days I may sound like a broken record but these are the basics which keep that "overwhelmed" feeling away. Balance from the inside --> out and all that.
As we prepare for the new week ahead, I thought I would make some of these mantras handy:
1. This is not life or death. I use this at the office a lot. Whenever I need to talk someone off a ledge at work, I remind them (and/or myself) that we are not doing brain surgery. Personally, this reminder helps me keep things in perspective. Sometimes we make little things far bigger than they deserve. So not worth it. (My experience in Cannes helped me learn this.)
2. This too shall pass. Sometimes you may feel like you won't live through certain situations. But you will. (Well, most likely... unless you are going in for brain surgery and your doctor ascribes to philosophy #1.) I just think of all the other crap I've survived which is now a mere memory. This will pass. The good times pass too so this is also a great gratitude reminder.
3. I choose. While we do not have any control over other people, places or things, we do have control over our reactions and (to some extent) our feelings about what happens around us. Still, when I feel like I'm giving way to much power to others to the detriment of my own sanity, I take that power back. I choose peace, health and happiness. Very Oprah, I know.
4. Put it in a bubble. Sometimes, in order to get to #3 we have to let go. Put it in a bubble and let it float away. This is in the category of "it is what it is." You can also sweep it or flush it. As an admitted over-thinker, this is an important one for me.
5. It's five o'clock somewhere. Hey, we all have our vices. Whatever works.
Hope you all have a GREAT week. Let me know if you have any other favorite sanity-saving sayings!
This blog is partly selfish since writing is both a great passion and a treasured sanctuary for me.
As a 40-something happily married mommy, perpetual student and business exec who has to "bring home the bacon" (so to speak, since I am a vegetarian), I also strive to help others and answer the question I get often which is,“How do you DO it all?”
Somewhere along the line I figured out that it’s less about theDOING that’s important; it’s about the BEING. True life balance is internal.
And yet, the “stuff” still has to get done.
It is my sincere pleasure to share my writing as well as what I know about doing it all and being truly happy in the process.
Wishing you great health, happiness and prosperity,