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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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