Sometimes the world gives us little hints or reminders. Like, if you find yourself suddenly bumping into furniture or dropping things, it's a sign to slow down and pay more attention to the present.
Small reminders unheeded, eventually the world has to kick you in the teeth and knock you down long enough so that you have no choice but to look at what's truly important and re-prioritize. Depending on how much "reminding" you need, that could be the flu or a motorcycle accident. Or worse.
In between, there are all sorts of little lessons that appear to help us have the lives we want to live and be the people we want to be.
One of my personal favorites is, "If you meet more than two assholes in one day, chances are pretty good you are one of them."
So, if everyone starts to piss me off or I find myself being a misery magnet, it's a good reminder to take a hard look at the way I am acting, feeling, and thinking to attract all that negativity.
I'm aware that there some people who will never go through this level of self-reflection. These are the people who only post negative status updates on Facebook complaining about how sick they are of everyone else's positive status updates.
Another one that's been coming up a lot recently forces the question, "Are you practicing what you preach?"
For example, this morning I was having a Steven Wright moment. Ya know, that feeling when you lean back in your chair and you catch yourself just before you fall? That overwhelmed feeling that just sits in the pit of your stomach and you don't know whether to laugh, cry, scream, or just say, "Aw screw it, I'm going back to bed." Or to the bar.
When I talked to my sister about my anxiety, she suggested, "Why don't you go do some of that meditation you are always blathering on about."
Okay, maybe she didn't say "blathering" but I'm sure that was in the subtext.
Either way, she was totally right and meditation was exactly what I needed to get calm and re-focused.
Professionally over the last several days, I have found myself ensuring, "We are practicing what we preach, right?" relative to multiple situations.
Recently upon hearing my angst about not having enough time for a set schedule to work on my book, my writing coach said something snarly to the effect of, "Um... isn't that what the book is about?"
In other words, "Practice what you preach!!" Wow. So busted.
As you enjoy this fabulous day, I leave you with these three thoughts:
1) Pay attention to the small little bumps before they get big and someone (like you) gets hurt.
2) If everyone is pissing you off or getting in your way or making you miserable, it's time to stop taking their inventory and go look in a mirror.
3) Practice what you preach. If there is a specific problem or dilemma you are facing right now, explore what other personal or professional success (even something you've taught someone else) you can apply.