So when I stepped onto a plane to fly from Sydney to Melbourne a couple of weeks ago my smile to the stewardess who scanned my ticket was just a little bit forced. But, my seat was close to the front and as I sat down and sighed, thinking about being home soon, I started to unwind.
We’ve all been on flights with screaming babies. I’m actually fairly sympathetic to the parents – and I often find myself wondering whether the babies that start crying on descent are suffering from aerosinusitis. (I know it usually makes me want to scream.)
Needless to say, I wasn’t really in the mood, but I gritted my teeth and tried to ignore it. A bit difficult when the baby was only about 4 seats away from me.
And the baby cried all the way through taxiing, all the way through take-off, and surprise surprise, all the way through the flight. I hope the parents organise singing or woodwind lessons – clearly there was a fine set of lungs there.
The natural reaction in those circumstances is to think of it as continuous noise. But that’s not really the case. There’s pauses, there’s gaps, and if you let yourself, you can find your moments of peace by running between the quiet moments. In other words:
WAAAAAAAAAAH <deep breath, relax> WAAAAAAAAAAH <deep breath, relax> WAAAAAAAAAAH <deep breath, relax> WAAAAAAAAAAH
Those moments of peace may be small, but they happen.
Life is full of those periods where things around us are stressful and challenging. Too often it’s easy to become hung up waiting for a big break where we can chill out. That doesn’t always happen, and if you keep waiting for it you may just make the situation more frustrating. Seizing those quiet moments as they happen and taking the chance to relax, if only for half a second at a time, and running between them can have a powerful, cumulative effect.