I am tickled to find the lessons in life. Often times they come at times that are inopportune. But, really when would the opportune time to dig deep, reflect, analyze and move forward with old and new knowledge in hand to proceed as a slightly better person in your life? When would it be a “good time” to block off the time to get that “work” done?
So, I was shown in real time, a real life Zen experience and I don’t know if it turned out so amusing and helpful to me because it unveiled itself in a 6-7 months or it was just time I had a positive experience learning patience.
In July, I ordered a part for a futon bed because I had a busted pipe and water flooded my basement and I chucked a bunch of “stuff” on my futon to avoid water damage. Only months later, I learned I busted the frame from the weight of the “stuff”. At this time someone was going to be staying with me in my home, and I needed the futon functioning properly because they were going to sleep on it for some time. The futon is now in good condition.
Things I learned on this Project:
• Take time to dig out paperwork that you might need in order to have the right part/thing to be requested from the beginning.
• If you thought you started early on a “big or important” project, then start even earlier next time because “sh-t happens.”
• Helpful, calm people go a long way in the service industry.
• If you want to reciprocate positivity and certain traits that aren’t your best, mirror others. It’s an excellent start to learning new behaviors.
• Sleeping on the tile floor, on a futon mattress, can be down right COLD!
• Smile, Laugh, Forgive Yourself and Others cuz.. Life Just Ain’t Perfect.
Finally, I could laugh at getting blocked-in in an alley way in Center City for half an hour, Probably because: I didn’t have any appointment or pressing thing to be late for at that moment, I saw the graciousness and patience of others all around me, simply taking a step back from your own life and circumstances will allow you to realize how great most of us really have “it”, or that I had already made an agreement that I wasn’t going to get bent out of shape too much about the “little things”.
I look forward to incorporating this new feeling of patience into the next set of challenges I face knowing I am happy to take one step at a time.
Being able to sit in the car, on the mat or cushion, at the desk or walk around in harmony forgoing the indulgence to react will set quiet the example.
CREATING ZEN 1 MOMENT at a TIME.