How many times have I ordered a coffee and the minimum wage worker has not had a good attitude, a fake smile or even given me a ‘Hi, welcome to my low pay part time burger hell can I take your order!!’ Can you blame them?
The thing is they are obviously not happy at work. That is not the fault of the people in their family waiting for them at the end of the day. Likewise if their family life is a disaster then that is not my fault if I am just looking to grab a quick coffee and have a question or two.
But it happens to us all. Things build up from all sides of life. We can’t complain or speak up at work for fear of repercussions. So we bring our frustration home. Which is unfair to our spouse and children and pets. So to keep us out of trouble and therapy or the bar, here are a few suggestions. Using your mind to get you into a better space quickly you will walk through your front door and offer your family the real you – the real deal!
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1 – The Avenue of Cedar – Whether you are stepping into the hallway from your office towards the elevator or from the elevator to your condo to walk down the hall to your home this is an excellent technique to decompress from your crazy day.
Picture the hallway lined with tall, verdant cedar trees. Growing at various angles, thick with branches and home to many birds. Their roots grasping the rocks for sustenance. Breathe in the fresh air they generate. Breathe out your ________________ (fill in the blank with your frustration, disappointment, anger, disdain) . Repeat. Breathe in clean forest and breathe out daily refuse. Make good notice of the bright green of the cedar leaves. Know that they are full of life and they clean off the static energy you have collected in your day. Picture the Avenue of cedar.
2 – Daily Cascade – as you go down the elevator at lunch or the end of the day envision you are enveloped in a long, cascading waterfall. Feel the water refresh you as it sprays and sparkles. Breathe in the clean, charged air. Imagine the swirling pool at the bottom and the moss covered rocks bright green in the rays of the sun. Close your eyes and stay in the moment. Breathe in again and … walk out of the elevator rejuvenated.
Let me know how it goes …