When things go terribly inconceivably wrong, what do you do?
a) Throw a tantrum
b) Give up
c) Start drinking, or eating, or otherwise trying to comfort myself.
d) Weep for at least an hour?
e) Rant at someone else’s incompetence?
f) Rant at MY incompetence?
g) All of the above in random order
Call me crazy, but I think it’s time for a new plan
When s**t happens, make lemonade. Okay, wrong saying, but you get the basic idea here. When S**t happens (and it does and it will again) I’ve got some suggestions.
Here are my top five tips that offer more than mere survival.
Take these tips and you might find moments of actual personal peace are available. All while it crashes and burns around you.
1. Treat everyone with this belief: they are doing the best that they can.
This is true. When I believe this is true of everyone else, I find they believe this of me. This leads to kindness and consideration, which is very helpful while the flames are licking your heels.
2. Do what you love and love what you do.
It really helps. The second part is the tricky bit. If you don’t love what you do, this might be a good time to finish this project and then think about quitting.
3. Eat fresh baked brownies.
This might not make sense, but recently when I was in crisis, my daughter did this for me. She made me a pan of brownies, which gave me strength to soldier on. They were freakin’ delicious!
4. In this moment, it is all workable. Really. It is.
If Iet myself think about what life will be like 4 hours from now, let alone tomorrow, it would seem like a real gong show. But in this moment, I know exactly what needs to be done. And that’s what I do.
5. Feel every bump.
Life is to be experienced. The texture of the road is not something to be avoided. It’s something to feel.
Life isn’t about passing the exam, or getting to the couch for Netflix. It’s about being truly alive. When are you more alive then when the s**t hits the fan? Be there for it. This is it.
Live the life you are having and smile.