When I’m working with clients, I like to give them something simple and practical they can take with them into their day, and specifically, into any difficult situation or situations that may be troubling them. Personally, I use an acronym that helps me stay present in such challenging situations; the acronym is “S.L.O.W.”
The letters stand for, “Stop,” “Look” at the situation, “Observe” how I feel about it, and, “Welcome” what is. The acronym is simply a device that helps me stay present and avoid getting lost in anxious worries about the future or guilty regrets over the past. If I can stay present, fully in the moment at hand in which the challenging situation presents itself, often, a shift in perspective, a new solution or a clearer choice will emerge. Then, when I act from this place, instead of reacting from the others, I make better decisions, resolve conflicts more easily and feel at peace as I move through the day.
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These days, you’ll most likely find me sitting along the long edges or quiet corners of a local cafe or coffee shop. Laptop open, I’ll be writing a new chapter for my book or a short blog for any interested readers. Sporting a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, I deeply appreciate every day I don’t have to “suit up” and hit the road. Life beyond the office, beyond the demand of the corporation, working with new words and clients, is truly sweet. I’m having more fun than ever!