I was about to record this video when I got word that there was a shooting happening in California about an hour from where various immediate family members are scattered. I knew from the location that they were safe but I turned on CNN anyhow, just to find out what was up.
As I watched the unfolding situation and the uncertainty of what was happening I heard the mantra from this week’s vlog floating in the back of my brain. I think that it really helped me know when to draw the line of what I needed to know. I ticked the boxes of whether everyone I knew was safe and when that happened I noticed that the news anchors, who really had very little information, were cycling through the same tidbits, speculating without any facts. It was all frightening filler and with that, thanks to the “mantra”, I knew that it was time to shut the television off and focus on my own story.
Originally, I meant this video to be timed for the holiday season. That time of year where we often find ourselves breaking bread with family or friends or colleagues who might push our buttons. But in reality, oversharing, getting wrapped up in other people’s issues and basically taking a voyeuristic and opinionated role to life is a 365 day a year, 24/7 possibility. The great news is that we don’t have to let this be our reality and it’s amazing the personal benefits that come about simply from knowing what’s truly important and needs attention.
Give my mantra a chance. Practice it a bit. I found that once I really worked with it – noisy negative drama becomes very obvious rather than sly, mental clutter and once you’re aware of that, you can put a stop to it immediately. It’s definitely not easy but man, I don’t think there’s ever been a better time in life to make it a priority.
What do you think of the quote? Post your comment below and let me know if it’s a concept that can work for you?