I have calmed down quite a bit in recent years. I am less reactive, less grumpy, and less volatile. Note that I said “less.” I’m not saying that I am never those things anymore. If you take a drive with me, you’ll see that road rage is still a work in progress.
I’m going to take this opportunity to apologize to all those slow drivers out there that I have glared at as I passed them on the highway. And I am sorry to all those people who I don’t know but I called jerks, idiots, and other names that I’m not going to mention here. Trust me, I am trying to get over this and I’m positive that our techniques are going to help me do it!
In my reading about HeartMath, which is a system that helps manage emotions, I came across a paragraph that I’m pretty sure was written for me. And maybe you can relate, too.
“Managing emotions and heart rhythms is a choice you make to free yourself from the stress response trap. It’s a choice of intelligence to go to you heart and select appropriate emotional responses that bring new perceptions. Heart intelligence can help you decide whether a traffic jam is a huge, inexcusable inconvenience that enrages you or just a minor event that is beyond your control and and might even be a gift of time in which to slow down and plan your day. You have the choice to invest your emotional energy in reactions or to self-regulate - and that choice makes the difference between empowerment and victimization.” - Doc Childre/Deborah Rozman Transforming Stress
Here’s to Conquering Stress,
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