I have a story to tell you about something that happened yesterday. I was washing up dishes in the kitchen and thinking about the yoga session I had had earlier that day and how much is seemed to have helped me with my balance and muscle strength. Admiring this wonderful feeling through my body, my thoughts were rudely interrupted by the fire alarm going off.
Now our fire alarm is connected to the upstairs flat, and usually it is set off when they let steam from the shower get to their alarms. When it's the steam setting off the alarm it usually only takes a moment for it to stop. Not this time - the alarm just kept on going. (Just to clarify, I live in a basement flat, beneath a terrace house, hence why our alarms are linked).
My flatmate and I left our basement flat and I went around to the front of the upstairs (flat/house) and knocked. I got no reply, so I lifted the letter flap to see if I could see anything; I could see something and smell something, smoke! I dropped the letter flap and hot-tailed it back around to my basement flat to where my flatmate was standing. I told her I had seen and smelt smoke and had to call 999. So, I called 999, calmly informed the person at emergency services about the fire in the house and they told me they were sending the fire brigade immediately. Whew!! So, I went back around the front of the house to wait for the fire engine; yet, what was this?? One of the upstairs occupants had just cycled up and was about to go into the house. I informed him that our fire alarms had gone off and I had rung for the fire brigade and that he probably shouldn't go in . . . but the occupant seemed intent on going into the house, which he did. Stinky, burning food smelling, smoke wafted out into the street. I'm telling you, it stunk, really, really stunk. The occupant rushed through to the kitchen, came back a moment later and informed me that someone had left food cooking on the stove . . . I was dumbfounded. Who would do such a thing? Well, the firemen arrived and surveyed the upstairs kitchen. They then came down to my little basement flat to talk to me. I told them what I had seen and done and guess what? They said I had done the right thing. I know they were referring to my calling for them, which of course was the most important thing, but I think the "right thing" extends further than that.
What is she waffling on about? I hear you say. I am waffling about the fact that the sequence of events that could have been disastrous were dealt with by doing the "right thing." The "right thing" of keeping my cool!! Now don't get me wrong, my adrenaline was pumping and my hands were shaking, but I did what I had to do in an efficient and calm way to achieve a positive outcome. The point I am trying to make is, can't we do this with everything in our lives? Whether that be getting up in front of a group of people to speak, or driving a car, or going for that job interview. We can all see when we have to just get on and do a job, even if we are scared, nervous, or just generally freaked OUT!!!! But we can do it calmly, and by taking on a calm persona, the job can get done in the best possible way. I have proven this to myself time and time again - calmness and confidence gets the job done!
So how can you apply this to your own life? Where does this calmness and confidence come from? Well, I think it's easy to apply calmness and confidence to your life, to deal with situations, by simply listening to your intuition and not over-thinking things. See, easy-peasy right? Maybe not so easy for some people (me included sometimes). You see, to achieve that calmness and confidence in a situation by listening to your intuition is essentially to let go of your control. Controlling a situation can be a good thing, of course!! But it's about letting go enough to trust yourself, to trust that you have the knowledge and knowhow to get the job done without worrying that you can't control all aspects of the situation. It takes practice to get to that point of trusting yourself, but when you do, guess what? You can achieve anything!!
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright