Turning Red to Green

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You can turn any situation around and get something from it.

Challenges bring out both the worst and best in me. For me i believe challenges alone are making me to keep going.


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At first, I feel great panic, almost - an - I - want - to - get - up - and - run - feeling, that makes me want to drop everything and vamoose faster. But on the other hand, for me the rush of adrenalin doesn't actually make me run, instead, I end up digging my heels in and standing still. (Hope this is the case with everybody out there) Waiting, ready to let the danger pass and the high of exhilaration begin.

As always, time is your best teacher, I think with the passage of time, I have learnt the knack of being still. A challenge rears itself - be it a problem, or a crisis - it helps, I have realised, to flow gently around it, and let it stand for a while. By doing so the time gained allows me to see the problem in perspective from all sides, what probably I could have missed if i got myself running panicking. And, even as I watch, it shrinks to a size i can cope with. When the mind is like a river, it can wear away even the stubbornest, stoniest resistance.

Another way is to look persistently at the brighter side of things. Seek the ray in the expanse of cloudy sky, look for the star in the blackness of night; reach for a smile in the depths of tears. Tomorrow is always another day; a bright beginning - a fresh start.

Sometimes, just looking at things differently helps. I 've learned not to chafe at traffic jams if the ride into town takes all of one - and - a - half hours, and the ride out even longer; well, that's just so much more time with my family, who - more often than not - are my travelling companions.


some times seeing things differently will help a lot

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Sometimes, just looking at things differently helps. I 've learned not to chafe at traffic jams if the ride into town takes all of one - and - a - half hours, and the ride out even longer; well, that's just so much more time with my family, who - more often than not - are my travelling companions.

After all if family is what makes a home, sweet home , then for the moment, at least however cramped or claustrophobic it may be - car is home, sweet home . At least, we're in it together! Even if I am alone, i take the time to catch up on sleep, or listen to music, or just watch the world snarl itself up, while I stay calm. ( I call it my Buddha mood. Unfortunately, it doesn't always happen that too if I am late for work;-) )

Action is another alternative. i can't really get down and walk in a traffic jam the crowds, the traffic lane discipline and the filth on the highway are ample deterrents - but, if it's an elevator I am waiting for, which is going up when it should be coming down, or vice verse; I 've learnt not to fume and push a blood vessel to bursting point.

More simpler, instead, to take the less travelled route, and lope up the stairs. It may run my perfectly composed entry - but it 's great for the heart and legs and I can eat an extra chocolate after dinner! Oh, Yeah!

It's become a game, really to see how I can emerge triumphant from any situation. And nothing works as well as detachment and calm, a smile even if you want to scream helps especially. It makes me believe an I am happy, and the feeling is contagious. And my mind can push the problem into its deepest recesses, where it lies forgotten and finally, in despair, solves itself. (no other go for it)

But still even then with all those efforts, No, not all problems - not sickness and bereavement, and loss of the kind that turns the mind into a sea, beating upon itself in vain but the smaller ones, like a crisis at work; or the maid going on leave all at once or even the more serious stuff can be tackled without leaving me in shreds. If instead of piling ahead head - on, I can make myself pull back, flow around, and keep going on with the rest of my life, it sometimes works, but not always, though sincerely I am trying for a 10/10 and then I will start signing off as Nirvana.

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

So very true. I've really grown on how to handle situations, but I've got a long way to go.


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eswar 7 years ago from India Author

Yes Rgraf, its true that we got to go a long way, the way never quits, its we who have to quit if at all,even I am not going to stop either keep continuing to go,there is so many red still there in life and keeps coming, since now i know how to turn red to green it seems easy for me to tackle, the way seems to so bright.

Thanks a lot for your comments, RGraf.

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