Day 929. Ever want to walk out? Here’s what I did…

October 10, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 929.  Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Today wasn’t a good day for countless reasons.  In the middle of the chaos I knew I needed to stay firm in practicing the Carnegie principles.  I could see the negative effects of not using them.  I really could.  But it was difficult.  My patience was wearing thin.  People weren’t listening.  People weren’t doing their jobs.  I wanted to run away.

I didn’t run away.  Mainly because I knew I’d have to return.  The work would still be there waiting for me to complete it.

Eventually my work day ended.

I had little energy left to have fun in my dance lesson this evening.  Work drained me.

I went home frustrated at life.  I ate dinner then remembered a very tiny purchase I made this evening.  I bought miniatures.  I love miniatures.  They are fun to photograph and these in particular are especially tiny.  I can create miniature scenes with my super tiny hand-painted people.

It sounds absolutely absurd.  But THIS rejuvenated my spirit.  I went into my studio and began setting up my new miniatures.   I’ve never taken photos of such tiny objects before—it presented new and interesting challenges.  It wasn’t long before my face relaxed… I felt a smile.

The Dale Carnegie principle I used this evening is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Keep busy.

The lesson in this story:  It’s a true statement that stress and unhappiness can drain you.  Fortunately the opposite is true as well.  Find something that will engage your mind and/or body—whether it’s working out at the gym, playing tennis with friends, going for a jog, reading a good book, playing with your dog, painting, etc.  Find an outlet that will keep you busy.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil


A follow-up to Day 928.  The angry customer agreed to the opportunities I presented.  Thank you, Dale Carnegie!

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