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Life vs. Plans


Saturday, December 08, 2012

Started my day rushing out the door, mat in hand, to a make-up yoga class. Jumped in the car, turned the key, and...clack-clack-clack...dead battery. Called AAA to come out and replace the battery, all the while not feeling particularly stressed. This calmness when things don't go as planned is unusual for me, so I took time to reflect on why. The simplest explanation seems to be the stress-busting skills I have picked up in the last few years, from a personal retreat, from yoga, and from SP, especially the Meditation and Mindfulness Team, which has encouraged me to develop a meditation practice. Sure, the negative is that missing today's class means I won't have time to make up all the yoga classes I have missed before the session ends, but here are the positives:

1. Receiving the gift of an extra hour in my day by not driving to/from yoga.
2. Using that extra hour to declutter the two worst surfaces. I'd been trying to get to those for a month, and I wanted them cleaned well before MIL's arrival, so we didn't do the usual crisis cleaning trick of dumping everything (important papers, trash, and all) into a box to get it out of sight.
3. Having time for my second cuppa.
4. Meeting an absolutely wonderful AAA technician, also retired military, who spent four years in Air Force pararescue, then crossed over to the Navy and served as a Navy Seal the remainder of his career.

At this point, I'm feeling centered and energized, so on to that to do list.
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SWEDE_SU 12/11/2012 3:01AM

    wonderful example of positive thinking!

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DIBANANA 12/9/2012 4:56PM

  Great job looking at the positive. I try to do that more often than not.

I can remember my mother dumping everything into the washing machine! LOL I should remind her of that for a laugh.

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ROCKRUNNER404 12/9/2012 3:22PM

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Way to think it out. emoticon

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KANOE10 12/9/2012 7:24AM

    Great way to stay positive and making the best of yur day!

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BECKYLIZ 12/9/2012 5:24AM

    I so relate to calmness in the face of the storm. Since turning my life and my will over to my higher power, who I chose to call God, two decades ago, I have experienced gradual degress of calm, humility and joy irrespective of what is happening in my life at any place or time in my life.
Loved your blog! emoticon emoticon

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INTHEGAP 12/9/2012 1:38AM

    emoticon I love your positive attitude. It amazes me, too, when something that would have made me crazy, at one time, doesn't even affect me today. I, also, think meditation has a lot to do with that. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 12/8/2012 10:02PM

    Way to go on not being upset or stressed! Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

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CARRAND 12/8/2012 9:32PM

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I love your attitude!

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SOPHIEDO13 12/8/2012 4:46PM

    Glad things turned out well. Reminds me I have to declutter my dinning room table, I did so a few weeks ago, but it had a few things put on it. I am having Christmas dinner here so it needs to be done. Have a great rest of the day.

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POINDEXTRA 12/8/2012 2:32PM

    I'm stressed a lot lately - I'm going to check out that team.

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 12/8/2012 1:56PM

    Hmmm, very interesting behavior there, Celia. Have some metaphysic reasons to explain this. Write me at home if you are interested.
Love you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 12/8/2012 1:26PM

    hm, that AAA technician sounds interesting!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/8/2012 12:35PM

    Wow! That's awesome!! Have a great day!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/8/2012 11:56AM

    Glad you were able to turn a frustrating situation around and make it positive! Enjoy your day.

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GOOSIEMOON 12/8/2012 11:41AM

    Great blog post! You reframed a frustrating situation into a productive and positive experience. Hooray for you!

You inspired me to have a better day! Thanks!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/8/2012 11:25AM

    Beautiful blog, Celia:-)

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