Maintain calm when things get rough
"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." --Unknown
Looking back at the X Games a few weeks ago, I realized I had been going back on a bad habit. For me, there's no other week in the season that is more jam-packed than X Games. This year my schedule consisted of press conferences, a TV shoot, numerous sponsor signings, a high school global warming presentation, and interviews with local TV stations, over-the-phone radio spots, newspaper articles, and countless different magazines and online content -- and then I got some practice and competing in, too!
I'm totally grateful for every single one of these opportunities, but, when combined and condensed into a small amount of time, it requires some strategy to get out alive. Knowing this, I scheduled -- well in advance -- an appointment with Aaron Knickman, an amazing acupuncturist in Aspen, to help bring balance to my energy and help me be at my best for the competition.
When he asked me how I was feeling after eating, there was only silence... I couldn't remember the last time I had eaten a real meal. Eating had seemed like a luxury I just couldn't afford. How ridiculous is that?! I was running from task to task like a chicken (a starving chicken) with its head cut off. I was running on reactive survival mode, instead of a proactive flourish mode.
And that brings me to my main point. Why do we, as women, work so hard to create all of these healthy habits and rituals in our everyday lives, only to forget them the minute things get hectic...really, when we need them more than ever? Practicing a healthy, balanced diet, taking time to meditate each day, daily reading and journaling, yoga and getting outside and exercising are all proactive ways that we take control of our lives in order to be at our best and to be the most productive we can be.
But for some reason when our schedules get booked, we drop all of these things and become reactive to life in order to just get it done. We think there isn't enough time in the day to do all of the things we HAVE to do plus all of the things we WANT to do -- so we go with just the HAVE to do's and slowly use up all of our fuel until we're running on empty.
It's like saying, after your car's low fuel light comes on, that you can't stop at the gas station because you don't have time! In the end, who will make it to the appointment -- the person who stops to get gas or the person who doesn't stop, runs out of fuel and is now stranded on the side of the road?!
If you can maintain balance in the midst of chaos, then you've figured it out, my friend! Anyone can maintain balance when things are easy, but having the discipline to stay regimented when times get tough will help you enjoy the journey -- and isn't that what life is about? Enjoying the journey?