It’s easy to practice the art of patience and equilibrium when you’re not really in a hurry to be anywhere. Flight delays, traffic jams, monsoonal showers…sure, I’ll take them all as long as the general gist of our trip isn’t too interrupted.
Or so I thought.
You see, Happies, I am now discovering that your patience metre is tested more on holidays, than in any other life situation. Things that would normally take you 2 minutes, somehow clock up to 30 minutes when you’re away from home. Add language barriers in there and you have yourself one seriously fail-proof recipe for losing your shit.
In the last two days we have encountered the following:
1. A micro-sleeping taxi driver
2. Monsoonal rain storms
3. Over 30 hours of travel and transit time
4. Sitting in an airport for 10 hours due to a flight delay of 5 hours
Clearly, this is more than your average Friday in Sydney would throw at you. But I’m not complaining. Not for one single second. In fact, if the truth be told, I’m grateful for having my usually casual and hard-to-shake temper tested in these new and exciting ways. It’s invigorating! Educational! And a little bit annoying, too.
Since becoming aware that you can, in fact, choose to live in a more balanced, harmonious state, my reaction to certain situations has most definitely changed. In the past, I would have been agitated, pissed off and placing blame on everyone else around me for causing such an inconvenience. Now, things are slightly different. I may feel that rise of blood pressure pumping through my veins, but the second I become aware of it, I remind myself that stressing, or blaming, or getting mad really won’t change the outcome.
So, next time you’re stuck in traffic, ready to get your boxing gloves on and get all road rage-y, remember that sure, it is a massive inconvenience, but getting mad, placing blame and losing your shit isn’t really going to change anything. Unless, of course, your taxi driver is falling asleep at the wheel. In which case a slap across the cheeks is a matter of life or death (OK. And maybe a little bit of anger thrown in there for fun.)
Tell me Happies…
Do you find that travelling tests your patience, too?
Are you quick to lose your shit?
Or, do you have the art of equilibrium under control? If so, share your tips here.