Endigar 855

From Courage to Change of April 24:

When something isn’t working the way I think it should, I can think about the slogan, “Easy Does It.” Instead of redoubling my effort, I can slow down and reassess the situation. The answer I seek may be staring me in the face, but sometimes I have to let go of what I’m doing before I can see it.

I was trying to zip a removable lining back into my coat, but it wasn’t working. I pushed as hard as I could, trying to force it to slide, but it wouldn’t budge. Finally I saw that I had been trying to fit the lining’s zipper into the coat’s zipper. No wonder I couldn’t make it work!

How many times in my life have I done the same thing: forced a solution? I’ve tried to “zip” myself to people and situations that didn’t “fit” me, becoming frustrated and disheartened in the process. But I’ve learned that easy does it. I can take the time to see if I “match” what I think I want before I jump in and start “zipping.” My life is more serene because I’m not pushing to make myself fit somewhere I don’t belong.

Today’s Reminder

If my plans hit a snag today, I will step back for a moment and take a calm look at the situation before moving ahead.

“‘Easy Does It.’. . Think about it when you’re in a hurry to do something and everything seems to go wrong . . .You’ll be surprised how much this one little idea can do for you.”

Youth and the Alcoholic Parent

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Easy does it. There has been very few activities in my life where I could embrace this mantra. I understand the idea, and I imagine it may lead to greater serenity for some people. I suppose if taking it easy does not equate to the abdication of responsibility I would find it useful. If it was about pausing between stimulus and response to find clarity of mind, that would be useful. For me, it is the difference between emotional chaos and intelligent performance. You know, maybe I use this more often than I thought. Easy does it.

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