Lessons from Shiloh…Get Over Your Serious Self!

Today, as Shiloh was running, jumping and chasing balls, I couldn’t stop giggling and this thought of, “Get over your serious self” popped in my head.  So I wanted to share this story with you.

Over the past couple months, I have had an interesting experience at my local bank.  There is a new teller, and don’t judge me, but I do still like to use a teller.  LOL

He is an older, very quiet gentleman and the first time I worked with him, I experienced the slowest service ever!  Slower than slow!  He would look at the check, then the computer, then the deposit slip, then back at the computer.

Are you feeling me?

I thought, “What in the world is going on, this is going to take forever!” It didn’t take forever, but I could feel the frustration bubbling up as I was watching him.  This happened a couple more times and he was not getting any better.

One day I decided to pause before I walked into the bank and said to myself, if I get him again, I’m going to show up differently.  I decided to “get over my serious self”, practice what I preach, and be more lighthearted.  I shifted my thoughts from “he is so slow”, to, “he is being careful, precise and trying to do the best job he can.”  

I walked in with a smile, started joking about something silly and he got a big smile on his face.  We were both giggling through the transaction.  He took the same amount of time, but boy, it was a different experience.  I left with a big smile and he wished me a great day.  Now when I walk in, I flash him a big smile and he does the same.

So I wanted to ask you…

Is it time to get over your serious self??!!

Have you had an experience like that?  Leaving a situation, frustrated or upset, wishing it was different.  The great thing is that you have the power to make it different, by how you show up.  We can’t change what someone else is doing or certain circumstance we find ourselves in, all we can change is how we react to it.  In a world where everyone is looking down, maybe it’s time to look up and show more compassion and kindness!

Shiloh got me thinking about this today…Have a giggle, get over your serious self, be kind, and have fun.  When those little frustrations show up, take a breath, step back and ask, “How can I shift this for myself?”  When you do this, it will shift for everyone else too.

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you ever be polished?”

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