It’s not like I don’t have a good degree of control over my schedule, so what was I thinking?
Such was my thought as I embarked on the month of September. I mean really, was I crazy? A glutton for punishment? Truthfully, I have no idea what I was thinking when I let my calendar fill up with meetings, multiple presentations for which I would need to create content, and out of town travel including leading two retreats – one week after the other.
What I did know going into it was that I was going to have to “manage my head,” so to speak. Why? Because I know myself. Not only would I feel stressed, but the thing I have grown to disdain most had a BIG potential of happening; I would spin in my “story” about how busy I am, and that in turn would increase my stress level. My martyrdom would creep in… and my story would become ever truer.
(Surely I am not the only person who can admit to this, am I?)
Instead, I just decided to take it one presentation at a time, one day at a time, and one moment at a time. When I finished one thing, I’d let out a deep sigh and say to myself “Next!” So far I can honestly say I have successfully managed my thoughts, stayed in the present and focused on just that one thing in front of me. Instead of feeling worn ragged and stressed, I have been in the flow; in sync with the universe and with the “gift of the gab” as I moved from one thing to another.
We have a tendency to forget the wisdom of staying in the present, don’t we? But when we remember to apply it to our daily lives, how sweet the results can be.
And now I am off to prepare content for another retreat!