Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is R - and R is for Relaxed. I chose relaxed as a trait because the world is full of uptight people who really need to take a chill pill now and then. There is so much anger and annoyance being shown everyday - road rage, internet trolling, fb shaming and the list goes on. We could all do with taking a step back and a deep breath.
So many people feel the need to justify themselves and their behaviour. They get angry if someone "steals" the parking bay they were going to take, if someone pushes in front of them in the grocery queue, or cuts them off in traffic...... and the list goes on. We seem to be manifesting an increasing amount of entitlement and not being very gracious to others.
Often our first reaction is to assume someone is trying to do us a dis-service, and maybe it's not that at all, maybe it was a misunderstanding, or an oversight, or just plain bad luck. Instead of jumping up and down and getting hot under the collar, we need to give people the benefit of the doubt and just relax a little bit. Take that deep breath and think before we jump to conclusions.
Stress is a huge factor in a lot of the illnesses we see today, by choosing to breathe and to relax a little we free ourselves of some of the up-tightness that has become so normal in our society. Relax and let the person who beat you to the parking spot or to the front of the queue have their moment of "winning" and let it go. There'll be another parking bay, you'll still get served in the check-out queue and nothing will change except your stress levels - which won't be skyrocketing from the encounter.
We all need to chill out, think happy thoughts and stop getting upset over things that are out of our control. Relaxing and taking the good with the bad is an excellent way to keep a smile on your face in this hectic world.
This post is part of the April #atozchallenge.
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