In Others’ Words: Everybody Stay Calm!
If Los Angeles airport (LAX) was the ultimate pass-fail test of my ability to remain calm in a stressful environment … I failed.
I’d love to be able to take an impromptu poll and ask, “Have you ever been to LAX?” And by “been to,” I mean, have you ever had to go through security at LAX to get to your gate? With the hope of boarding your plane on time?
The process was sheer madness. Let’s skip the whole process of dropping our car off at the rental site — and the bus driver who ignored everyone getting on the bus while he talked to his buddy about not getting a vacation. Yeah. Skip that. I stayed fairly calm, although I did instruct my husband Rob that the driver wasn’t getting a tip — not after my husband had to rearrange the luggage that everyone else had strewn all over the bus.
Then … then we get to the airport and try to get through security. That’s when Rob and I ran into The Line That Went On Forever And Did Not Move.
I’m watching the clock on the wall and how quickly time is passing. And I’m watching all the people in front of me and how The Line That Went on Forever And Did Not Move went up the stairs and around a corner and another corner and another corner …
… and anything resembling calm disappeared.
Here’s what I learned after the fact: Calmness is a choice … but it is also a thousand little choices about what I’m thinking and how I’m responding to circumstances I can’t control. If I looked past The Line that Went On Forever And Did Not Move and truly believed that everything would be okay — that I would be okay — no matter what, I would have remained calm as we oh … so … slowly wended our way through security.
In Your Words: What helps you maintain a calm mind and relax when you’re faced with challenges?
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