An uptight world grabs our attention and we respond to it. There seems to be ample justification for our worries, frustrations, anxieties and fear of the future just by virtue of being born into a world seemingly on a path of self destruction.. We need a diversion; a new perspective.
I am reminded of the story of some New York business men who heard that in the then-wild west there were great opportunities for new, profitable enterprises. They decided to check it out so they boarded a train to Texas. At the train station, they boarded a stage coach that would take them to their hotel.
The stage coach was driven by a grizzly old experienced driver who drove his horses at full gallop along narrow dirt trails, around tight curves and frighteningly close to drop-off cliffs.
His greenhorn passengers felt sure this old man was bent on self-destruction and was going to take them with him!
When the driver saw his passengers were cowering in absolute fear and hanging on for dear life, he turned to them and said, “Say folks. If you want to enjoy this ride you’ll have to learn how the set loose!”
Living in a turbulent world we all need to learn how to “set loose.” We need to reserve a quiet place in our mind into which we can retire to set loose for a minute.
A few years ago I saw the following that gave me a new perspective. I don’t know what genius originated it, but it’s worthy of review every now and then:
- Do a cartwheel
- Sing into your hairbrush
- Dunk your cookies
- Play a game where you make up the rules as you go along
- Step carefully over sidewalk cracks
- Kiss a frog, just in case
- Blow the wrapper off a straw
- Stay up after your bedtime
- Eat desSert first
- Put way too much sugar on your cereal
- Giggle for no reason
- Make cool screeching noises every time you turn a corner.
There! Now I feel better. What would you add to this list?