In case of an emergency….

Deja vu all over again.

As I’m heading into production week again for a show I see history repeating itself.  You see, it seems I’ve lived long enough and been lucky/hard working enough to have figured out a number of things about life, me and how to feel good and be mostly happy.  There is something about the final weeks before a show goes up though that blows all this self knowledge out of the water and leaves me repeating bad habits that don’t serve me but which I seem helpless in stopping.

This is exactly how I feel on airplanes.   A lovely air host or hostess carefully demonstrates and explains the yellow air mask that may drop and how to apply it  and I always have the nagging sense that in an actual emergency I will do none of things suggested.  And those people in the emergency row who agreed to turn a handle and throw a door into the ocean will  fail at those tasks too and basically we would all sit there and scream as we stared into the chasm of disaster and death.

I don’t  feel that I’m being overly dramatic here.  Life can also feel like a crashing airplane for the record.

Why when I know better don’t I do better?  I know what’s needed but it all seems too hard and I’m just not up to it.

As a life coach I know that overwhelm is what’s at work here.  My view point quickly becomes two things.

One:  Bad dialogue about how bad a human I am that I can’t take care of myself.  Two: How do I even start when so many things seem out of control or wrong?

The Plan:  Every day, starting today, I will get up and ask myself the question:

What one small change can I make today that would make the biggest positive impact?

Okay, I’m on it.  Wish me luck!

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