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Mar 302012
 
A bite out of life for you to grow healthy.
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How many relaxation opportunities have you missed this week? Check it out!

Hi, this is Maria Mar in another LifeByte, a real life story that brings real life lessons. When we learn through others’ mistakes, we save ourselves our own!):

A couple of days ago I was at the doctor’s office. The door opens and the nurse calls out a name.

–Andrew Collins!

The elder man is reading from a tablet and has his ipod on.

–“Way to go!” I think, for he’s the only one that’s not stressed out by waiting. The reason being that he is NOT waiting. He’s doing his thing!

He calmly closes his tabled and puts it in his bag. Then he takes off his earphones and rolls the cable, and he puts those in his bag, too. His movements are almost Zen-like. The man is consciously taking his time. I could see that this man has made it a point not to rush. I’m admiring the fellow again.

“This guy’s smart!” I’m thinking. Then I remember that the nurse is waiting for him. “This could be a great opportunity for the nurse to chill out. There’s so much rush and stress in the hospital. But the fact that this man is acting with calm gives her an opportunity, while she is waiting for him, to breathe-in deeply and relax her bodymind.”

Then I hear huffing and puffin’ coming from the doorway.

“Oh, oh!” I think. “I don’t think that she appreciates his calm!”

Sure enough, the nurse is MORE stressed out now.

“What’s wrong?” says her co-worker.

“I don’t understand!” she says, huffin’ and puffin’ again.

“Don’t understand what?” her co-worker asks.

“Look at him!” the nurse says in exasperation. “He’s taking his sweet time!”

And then it hits me.

How often does the universe give us time to relax, to take a breather, to regain our calm, and we simply huff and puff in exasperation, missing out in the opportunity for relaxation, inner peace or simply being present, instead of rushing through life?

I started thinking about these missed opportunities.

  • The internet suddenly shuts down.
  • The computer slows down during an upload.
  • A client is taking her “sweet time”.
  • Someone is late.
  • There’s a traffic jam.
  • The cashier needs to call the manager to fix a transaction problem for the client in front of you.
  • There’s a long line ahead.
  • The restaurant is crowded. It will be a long wait.
  • Your nurse is huffin’ and puffin’ and slams the door, pretending that you are not there!

Do you see my point?

How many of these opportunities for relaxation have you missed this week?

What others can you think about?

Leave your comments below.

Light and love,

Maria Mar

The Dream Alchemist

NOTE: LifeBytes are the online version of my Lifebites, On Stage, where I address audience on real life stories with real life lessons using acting and storytelling. See my speaking events.

 

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About Maria Mar

Maria Mar is a Sacred Storyteller and shaman who champions you to change your old limiting story to create the new story of your brilliance illuminating the world. She helps you awaken your magic, express your creative genius, embody your purpose and live your potential now.

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