This week, at the airport, I had some major annoyance triggers to deal with, and I found myself taking some Kristen Neff-style self-compassion breaks. I closed my eyes, and I tried to bathe myself in the kind of loving, unconditional compassion that I offer to the small children in my life. I also tried to whisper let go and let dad to myself without looking any more like the crazy airport wanderer that I had become.
I’m far from perfect when it comes to staying calm and centered. But I do get a satisfactory boost when I am able to keep from losing my temper and my ability to be positive, friendly, and compassionate in difficult situations. I feel grateful and proud that I was able to survive a bout of air travel craziness without being rude or angry and without excessive complaining. #BeingAirportFolk