Originally posted 4/17/2015
I’ve been parallel parking all of my driving-life but this morning I was meeting a coaching client and had to find a spot on a busy street. There were two places and both looked plenty big enough to fit in. I tried the first one – I lined up and then hit the curb. I tried it again –after four attempts I gave up and moved up the block to the other larger spot. Piece of cake! I lined up again, swung in, hit the curb again and again, and again. Did the curb get bigger? Was there something in the road? I am thinking I am normally good at this but not today. I noticed that there was an older man on a bicycle waiting for me to pull in, sitting on his bike somewhat amused. I just looked at him and started laughing at myself. Then he started laughing – with a big, wide toothy grin and smiling eyes – the kind of moment when you just stop and share the how funny life can be.
I must have put on some show because my husband happened to be driving down the street in the opposite direction, was stopped at a red light, and saw what was happening. He later told me that traffic was backed up behind me, people were laughing and he started laughing too. You never know how our little moments and challenges can make someone else happy, even if just for a minute.
What could have been an exercise in frustration or embarrassment, instead turned into such a happy and perfect moment?
So I asked myself why I so easily slipped into joy, instead of impatience or frustration?
Lately, I have been making more of a conscious effort to do these three things:
1. Take in things as they come – be accepting, not angry or impatient
2. Be aware of what IS going on and find the goodness in it
3. Stop being so hard on myself (and others).
I think this was a moment when conscious awareness turned into unconscious response. I know that if we practice being more joyful, and less uptight and intense, good feelings just start to happen naturally. Our bond with each other in is our words and behaviors. They are totally contagious so let’s make them be the very best one we have. Laugh each day – a very good way to “pass it forward”.
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