A rainy summer Sunday afternoon.
Great moment to head over to the rec centre and sit in a sauna.
Only to be met by a sign:
We are waiting for parts.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
How would you respond?
In the past, I would have been quite upset. Cue the internal rant and rave…Kicking myself for not phoning to check first.
So, it was with a pleasant surprise that I noted my response these days.
Well, well. Ok, so what is Plan B?
Drive for ten more minutes to another rec centre?
Go back home and have a bath instead?
I noted my internal calm.
Something has happened. I think it is mostly from my Laughter Yoga experience.
You know the saying: “Someday we’ll look back on this and laugh?”
If so, why not laugh now?
Because of a decade plus of laughing daily for 10-15 minutes, I don’t seem to need to laugh to let go of this kind of disappointment.
Somehow, I no longer even view it as a disappointment.
Most interestingly, it is just an inner smile that responds to the event.
Byron Katie says it is “loving what is.”
I am so grateful to Dr. Madan Kataria for creating Laughter Yoga in 1995.
Laughter Yoga is what has enabled this sense of calm. The calm that remains when “life throws a dare” as Dr. K. would say.
I ended up at home soaking in a bath.
It wasn’t my first preference. But it was still lovely.
Do you have a similar tool in your tool box for embracing disappointment?
If not, consider taking up Laughter Yoga for a great personal development path.
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