I was sitting in the coffee shop, working on my computer. It had been an extremely busy day, and what I really wanted to do was to go home and crawl into bed...
Let's just focus on the day-to-day obstacles for now – getting stuck in traffic, losing your keys, someone interrupting you in a meeting, or running late for work.
What is your usual response when these types of things happen? Pick one, and run through the scenario in your head:
- What do you feel?
- What do you think?
- What do you say?
- What do you do?
Now imagine the scenario happening again. But this time, picture yourself looking at the situation and saying, "That's interesting."
There is something very neutralizing about this phrase. Suddenly the situation is not necessarily a bad thing, but something to be observed.
To take it to the level of playfulness, imagine looking at it through binoculars like the kid in the picture. Be curious. "Hey, that's interesting. What's that about? I wonder what's going to happen next?"
It is from this standpoint that we can start to feel amusement for the day-to-day challenges that we perceive in our life.
"That's interesting" is only the beginning, but it is a key lever for transformation.
© 2015 Dr. Kristin Rose
Because I tend to think first and figure out what I'm feeling later, it took me a minute to access an actual emotion when answering this week's Action Card...
See that woman in the picture? Yes, that used to be me. If you'd asked how I was doing, I would have said (perhaps a little too vehemently), "I'm fine!"...
Many of our memories are linked to emotional experiences. But what about situations that aren't charged with emotion – how do we remember them?
Which way do you stir your coffee?
- Figure eights
- Other _________
I used to work in New York City. Each day after my ride on the underground train, I would emerge from the depths of the earth on a sardine-packed escalator, only to find myself...
Less than two years after I had back surgery, I moved to a new residence, landed a major contract for my consulting company, was exposed to lead-based paint dust...
A good friend of mine (we'll call her Roxanne) is so goal-oriented, that as soon as she gets close to achieving a goal, she starts to stress out about what her next goal will be...
When I was in seventh grade, I went to a slumber party and did a back handspring to impress my friends. I jumped up and backwards, arching my back in mid-air...
I had ignored my Energy Gauge for way too long.
I was so caught up in working hard at my job, proving that I could add value, that over the years I burned myself out.
If you’d asked me 10 years ago how I felt about change in general, I would have said, “I love it! Bring it on!”
But now I know better.
Imagine that starting from the time you woke up today, each thought running through your head has been captured in a database, classified and categorized, and then cross-referenced with the values and priorities closest to your heart...
I had hung up on him. I was fuming.
I had been trying to get details about a health insurance plan and the guy said he wasn't supposed to help me unless I signed with him as my insurance agent...
Waiting for something?
Put that smart phone away and tune in to your senses.