It really has been a really interesting few weeks as we have seen so many highs and lows! First there was the World cup hype, with everyone getting so behind England, we had the flags and the facepaint, full of hope that it will it be this year! Then came the disappointment when we didn’t get any further than the group stages when we were knocked out! But it was ok, because we had Wimbledon to look forward too, which followed quickly after, surely there would be success finally with Andy Murray? But then we then we were dealt a further, bitter, blow when he was too knocked out at the quarter finals.. This weekend we saw the Grand Depart from Yorkshire! What a fabulous, great celebration! More so for Yorkshire because there was in fact, an adopted Yorkshire man, Mark Cavendish cycling!! Stage victories were in our sight! But then followed the terrible situation of watching him fall at Harrogate and become badly injured.
This really made me wonder about how we deal with life’s blows, they may be football or they may be a lot worse. One thing that I have learnt over the years is that life happens and we can’t change that, but we do have control over how we react to it. You may think that’s a bit of a controversial thing to say, but if we thinks about it for a moment, we are the only ones who control our emotions, control what goes on in our head, we may be more reactive to some of life’s test than others, but they are our reactions, not one can choose our reactions or emotions for us and then somehow force us to have them.
Have you ever wondered why some people are less stressed than others, more positive, more able to cope when things go wrong or when they are faced with a difficult or testing time. This is all down to how WE react, how we control how we react, how we choose how to react.
When we begin to realise this, it can be quite liberating, because we can choose how stressed or disappointed we are about what is going on around us, so yes, you may be late for work, have a tax bill and now the car won’t start, but you could choose to say ‘well life happens and I choose not to be stressed because that actually won’t change the situation’. You may notice as well that when you start to do this, you begin to feel better, because your stress reactions are far less likely to kick in, You’ll be calmer, so this control means that you are in a much better frame of mind to deal with what life throws at you!
So we’re not in the World Cup, we didn’t win Wimbledon and there wasn’t a TDF victory, but hey we still have a chance of Yorkshire Cricket Club winning the LV County Championship, so my husband tells me anyway!