Keepin' my cool

Friday, June 10, 2011

The temperature has been soaring on the East coast for the past two days. Only right to find ways to keep things cool. But what a more perfect time to talk about keeping your cool untemperature related.

As mentioned in my previous post, work has been hectic the past few weeks with the new department opening and adjusting to new roles and routines. Times like these can be stressful and it can be hard to not let it get to you. Well for me there were times when I wanted to lose it but apparently I am very well at disguising that.

I was recently complimented on my ability to keep my cool during stressful situations. I never would have picked this out as one of my strengths but as soon as it was brought to my attention I realized that it most certainly is. I was also asked what's my secret. (Semi-sarcastic but a thinking point nonetheless.) What enables me to keep my cool around others, especially in the workplace?

When thinking into that question later, the answer is simple. MY LIFE. 

Given a snapshot of my life and the experiences I have been through are all the explanation you need. Every curveball and cliche has been thrown at me from the time I was little.

Cancer stricken grandmother, heartbroken grandfather, dad leaving, divorce, pinching pennies, working 3 jobs, losing my mother. and of course the little sitautions of break-ups and broken hearts and friendships.

It made me adaptable and used to the fact that no matter what plan you have for how things should go and how you want them to go, the universe has the ultimate say. 

What happens, happens and there isn't much you can do about it. You only have certain control over what life hands you. But in the end you have complete control over how you react to it. So why sit there all stressed out, yelling and screaming, raising your blood pressure when you have the option to be calm and know that things will work themselves out the best that the situation allows.  Almost like the saying, "Don't cry over spilled milk." except you are trying so hard to prevent the spilled milk, but it spills anyway and you are all upset over the fact that it didn't go according to the plan of not spilling the milk. (hope you follow that was a little out there.)

I no longer cry over the plan to not spill the milk. Any problems, situations that are thrown my way now are very minor compared to what I have been handed in the biger picture of life. My theory is, If I got through the worst I can get through______. (fill in the blank)  Nothing is perfect. No plan goes unflawed and if you can find me one I will pay you a million dollars that I don't even have. That's how I know it doesn't happen. 

You just always have to remember there’s some sort of plan at work. For me, it’s probably my mom throwing the curveballs at me. But whatever keeps coming my way I’m ready for it.

Time for everyone to just go with the flow and not work themselves up over every perfect plan you have in place. Be excited about what’s coming. Embrace it. Let be what will be and remember C’EST LA VIE!

Here's a little reminder...way back when.


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