Bubble Wrap

What do you do when you are stressed out? There are several things I do. I take deep breathes and let them out with loud forceful sighs. I also like to stretch. A favorite though is popping bubbles on bubble wrap. I can pop them one by one or I can stomp on them with my bare feet, depending on the level of frustration. One morning, I drove up to an office I used to work at and noticed a large sheet of bubble wrap in the bushes next to where I always park. I remember thinking, “Oh, no! Is this a sign of how the day will be? Am I going to need all this to get through it?” I snapped a picture (which I can not find now) and sent it to a few people with some witty remark. But then I was left with a decision.
The decision was this…. Do I take this as a sign and look for all the bad or do I choose to look for all the good? It would have been really easy to let myself fall into a crabby, wallowing state and blame it on the ‘sign’ I got that morning. But what do I achieve by doing that? A headache? Damaged relationships? Tension in my shoulders and upper back? None of these things sound desirable.
Just as I could choose to have a bad day, I could choose to have a good day. I could choose to seek out the positive things going on around me. I can look at problems like challenges instead of personal defects. Each and every moment we can choose how we are going to feel. We just need to stop, think, and then respond. It’s so simple yet so hard to carry out. But practice helps, and it will become more automatic.
Until next time….
Change. Discover. Transform.
Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC, EMDR Certified

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