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Change of plans. My favorite restaurant is closed. The coffee shop is out of soy milk for my soy chai. An unexpected life event disrupts my meticulous schedule. (Like this morning, when I had to take my dog to the vet and my daughter to the doctor – all by 8 AM.)
These disruptions in my life used to freak me out. Literally throw me off balance so much that I might cry or sulk or otherwise act like a 2-year-old (or teenager). It’s not quite as bad any more, but I can always use more flexibility. It’s always possible to get better, right?
The 12th and final month of my Wellness Project is going to be a month to focus on mental flexibility. I think it is a worthwhile exercise. To stretch my mental capacity to be flexible to changes in my daily routine or disappointing situations. To deal with these scenarios with poise and not let it get to me.
Because the only person who suffers when I get unnecessarily mad about the lack of soy milk is me (and my husband, I suppose, if he happens to be with me).
So this month of May (in addition to biking for National Bike Month and pampering my dog for National Pet Month), I will practice resilience in everyday life situations. I’m sure it will involve a significant amount of breathing, smiling, and letting go.