Do you ever see a little child staring at his watch? They keep busy enjoying their present moments and being mindful of each and every moment. They are so busy treasuring every new moment. Seek to be your inner child again, and renew the magic and naïve joys you so wonderfully grasped in your inner being each and every day when you were younger.
Jesus Christ informed us that “no one will get into heaven without being such as the little children”. Whether it is a metaphor or not is not important. But it is the truth of your earthly existence. Do you see little children being pressured by deadlines and fearful of the next day, which they cannot control?
So instill the wonder of human existence in your inner child again. Don’t let your “In box” prevent you from witnessing the same miracles that surround you everywhere you walk. Laugh a lot more as a child does. All this may not come naturally at first, you need to practice unattachment to your ups and downs and most of all staying neutral to things that happen to you. As a child, keep the wonder in your life, see everything around you as wonderful again…the first snowfall, the trees, grass, the rain, the sunshine, everything.
It will take some effort because prior to your current situation you viewed life without thinking about it because you were so busy rushing through your “to do list”–and working way too many hours of every day, just to make your living. You need to slow down to regain your composure and your sanity. Just like a child, let go…and be firm…again like a child. But don’t harbor on anything. Children let go of things that bother them so quickly, but yet they are firm on saying no to things they don’t want…like eating vegetables.
So being in this new state of mind doesn’t mean you have to be the proverbial “doormat” and tolerate everything that comes to you. Just be firm on resisting what is toxic to you, but the key is don’t take anything so personally. If a co-worker offends you, it does not mean you should continue to tolerate abuse stoically. Remember you have three options: 1) You can simply ignore it, 2) You can choose to leave the toxic environment by asking for a transfer away from the employee, 3) You can surrender to it. And surrendering means tolerating it and gently asking the person to discontinue their behavior, or bring it up to a supervisor.