You Walk Out Your Door,
Step On Dog Poop,
Do you get taken hostage by your first bad encounter of the day?
It happens to all of us. You know what I’m talking about. You wake up and find the milk’s gone bad for that one cup of coffee you took the time to make. You walk out the door only to get bumped, okay, slammed, by someone walking down the sidewalk. The cashier at the coffee shop snaps at you. Or, yeah, the worst … you step in dog poop in your brand new shoes.
By the time you get where you are going you are on a rant, and those crappy encounters become the events that define your entire day. Everything else you do is stained by that encounter, ruining your day.
Ask yourself: Do you really want to lose an entire day because of someone else’s nonsense?
I was reminded of this recently when I walked out my door to go to a 7am appointment and stepped in … dog poop. I was on a schedule, could not be late, and well, I was furious, frustrated and wanted to ring someone’s neck. “Why can’t people just clean up after their freakin’ dog???”
Later in the morning I was still cranky. When I stopped to think about it, I realized that I was allowing the dog poop episode to hijack my happiness and wellbeing! After all, being angry impacts our health in a myriad of ways: mental health, emotional wellbeing, blood pressure, headaches, digestion, increased anxiety, depression, and even heart attacks and stroke.
Do you find yourself prone to allowing events to define your day? Here’s a simple, easy and powerful way to change that pattern. The key is to do it EVERY SINGLE DAY. Once it becomes second nature you will profoundly change your level of happiness on a daily basis.
Morning Intention Ritual
Upon Waking Up Before You Do Anything (no phone, email, don’t even go to the bathroom if you don’t have to):
- lie flat on your bed
- take three cleansing, deep breaths — I like the image of breathing in the new day, and breathing out everything that doesn’t serve it.
- set your intention for the day — Here’s mine: No matter what happens this morning, it will not effect the rest of my day. It happens in that moment and in that moment only. I will manage it and let it go. I will enjoy this day and create joy wherever I can.
- take three more cleansing, deep breaths
That’s it! Commit to do it for a week. I dare you! And, let me know the results. I’d love to hear.
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