Transitions are tough and exhilarating at the same time.
Just take a look at our Midwestern weather this time of year: you can leave the house in the morning shivering in your sweater and by lunch time, you are sweltering, ready to shed those socks and shoes for sandals! You just never know what the day will offer.
That particular lesson from Mother Nature — helps me become aware of how my mindset creates struggle or ease in the midst of transition. When I hold tightly to my expectations and things don’t turn out the way I planned, I get pretty cantankerous. It is really hard to delight in a surprise October snow shower when I had my heart set on shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt.
So when I start to feel that cranky, agitated feeling, I can step back and notice how I am contributing to the stress of this moment. I can choose to ruminate on my disappointment (I really wanted it to still be summer!) OR acknowledge my disappointment and focus my attention on something within my power (oh goody, I get to wear my cozy fleece jacket and wool socks!)
What is your attitude when change is in the air? Try this if you are feeling cranky:
- Stop whatever you are doing
- Soften or even close your eyes
- Take 3 nice, easy breaths — giving your breath your full attention
- Open your eyes and go back to whatever you were doing
- REPEAT AS NEEDED until crankiness subsides
Ready with socks and sandals!