Calm is strong. It’s also underrated.
We work ourselves up over nearly everything – losing our keys, sitting in traffic, facing temptation, the meaning behind the words of a stranger or acquaintence – we’ve lost the value of calm.
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I’m a big fan of Stoic philosophy & Marcus Aurelius is one of my favorite stoics. He writes,
“The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”
This is so true. We waste both time & energy when we aren’t calm.
What pushes your buttons? How can you improve your response to those things? How can you change your perspective? Changing your perspective on the things that frustrate you is incredibly powerful!
After all, a calm mind is a strong mind!
Traffic used to frustrate me until I changed my perspective to one of gratitude: I am safe in my car. I’m grateful to be safe in my car. Not everyone today will be safe in their car but right now, I am. I’ll happily sit here in traffic because what really matters is that I’m safe.
Rude emails used to frustrate me until I changed my perspective: this person decided to email me. They gave me a chance to clear up a misunderstanding or address misinformation. Sure, I don’t love the style of communication they chose but it’s so much better than them not emailing me and not giving me the opportunity to make a connection or clear things up.
How can you practice having a calm mind today? It’s one of the best ways we can improve our choices, focus on solutions and live happier lives!
My egg retrieval is tomorrow. I’m maxed out on hormones. I’m taking it easy today but after getting up early and pounding through my work, I decided to enjoy the beautiful day with a long walk.
I’m so excited to get back into the gym next week, but for right now, this is totally okay.
On the food front:
You know the deal with general anesthesia – I can’t eat after a certain point today in preparation for tomorrow’s procedure.
I wanted to give my body the very best possible fuel today because I know it’s going through a lot right now. Hormonal experiences are REAL!
Early in the morning I snacked on some macadamia nuts I had left out last night. I’m fairly picky about macadamias (some are so bland!) but I’m loving the ones I got from Thrive Market (especially because they’re so much cheaper than what I’d pay at Whole Foods!)
Around 11am I had my cabbage salad bowl with cabbage, bacon, eggs, walnuts & Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo.
Throughout the early afternoon I sipped on a mug of chicken soup (no noodles or rice) until I had to stop eating for the day.
Wish me luck tomorrow!