Yesterday I flew home from Denver.
- It was a gorgeous sunny day.
- I had an aisle seat.
- All was good.
About an hour before we were to land, I decided to run to the bathroom.
- Did my thing.
- Washed my hands.
- Played with my hair in the mirror.
And then it happened…
- The plane dropped a good foot.
- I slammed into the bathroom door.
- (Thank goodness I was all buttoned up and on my feet!)
The pilot urged everyone to return to their seats immediately.
- Even the flight attendants.
- We had some turbulence.
- Really big turbulence.
My mind started to race as I figured how to get out of the bathroom.
- Scenes from airplane movies dropped in.
- Fear began to clutch.
- Had I told James I loved him?
Thankfully, I quickly put a stop to my storyteller in my head.
- She was making up stuff based on disaster MOVIES!
- Not 20 years of safe flying.
- The story was one huge false alarm.
I will admit walking the ten rows back to my seat was challenging.
- We were bouncing all over.
- I didn’t want to land in anyone’s lap!
- I kept my breathing calm and pretended I was doing some new moves for my improv scenes.
When I finally got strapped in, the ride smoothed out.
- Everyone was fine.
- Including me.
How do you stay in your power when your internal storyteller tries to seduce you with false fears?
“I’m so sorry I’m slowing you down,” he moaned over and over.
- I made a quick run to a health store.
- Expected to pop in and out.
- Didn’t expect to have my heart yanked hard.
He was a handsome older gentleman determinedly inching along with his walker – and carrying some sort of breathing device.
- We got to the store entrance around the same time.
- He grappled with the door to open it for me.
- Barely walking, he still wanted to be the gentleman his mama had taught him to be decades ago.
I gushed thanks and gave him a flirty smile.
- Walked through the door he held.
- Then turned around to hold the door for him.
- He didn’t have the strength to walk and hold his own door.
He was embarrassed he needed help.
- Apologized for slowing me down over and over.
- I did what any of you might have done.
- I blasted him with love – and thanked him for helping me to slow down to enjoy the beauty of the day.
His eyes teared up.
- He shook his head.
- He thanked me.
- Then struggled over to the front desk to get a replacement piece for his wife’s breathing machine.
Being human can be a fragile experience. Who did you blast with love today?
Yesterday Scott Oser and I were interviewed by the lovely KiKi L’Italien on her show, Association Chat.
- Our topic: From Panicked to Productive.
- It’s a sneak peak of the program we are doing at the American Society of Association Executives next month.
- All three of us have found our way to a more mindful life as a secret to success.
The program is fast, fun and snappy.
- We share our experiences.
- Our mistakes.
- And what works for us.
Have you played the Gratitude Game before?
- It’s one of my favorite ways to raise energy.
- You can do it at home with friends and family.
- And at work with your team.
I explained how to play yesterday – and made every one play with me.
- KiKi and Scott had to share live.
- Listeners played via chat.
- It was amazing how fast everyone’s energy soared.
If you haven’t played before, you can check it out in our interview:
(I explain the Gratitude Game at 18:48)
How do you play the Gratitude Game in your life?