When You Need a Reset

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Last month, I flew from NYC to Dallas. 

I was booked to fly back to NYC on a Sunday morning. 

Or, so I thought...

But, when I didn't get my boarding pass Saturday via email, I called the airline to see what was up. 

Turns out, they'd canceled my ticket on accident (gasp!) 

Not a big deal, right? Let's book another flight and move on? 

But, there were a couple of problems.

First, all flights the next morning were booked. 

And second, in the middle of the call, the airline's computer system went down for 20 minutes. 

And third, it was 2am and I was super tired. 

Also, I'm the type that gets to the airport two hours early and I like to have my boarding pass out and ready. 

So this scenario was potentially stressful and bringing up all my "I like to be in control" issues :) 

"Ugh...I don't have a flight" played on repeat in my tired brain. 

But, long story short -- everything worked out. 

After about an hour, I got my boarding pass and went to bed. 

I got a few hours of sleep.

I was a happy customer. 

All's well that ends well.

And, the airline mix-up is SO not a big deal in the grand scheme of life.

It can definitely be filed under the "small stuff" you're not supposed to sweat.

In fact, it was probably an opportunity from the universe for me to practice letting go :) 

But, I'm not going to lie...

I was tired and cranky the next morning. 

And when I'm tired and cranky, I know it's going to lead to a domino effect of me not feeling great all day long. 

So when I settled into my seat on the flight, I knew I had some options. 

Option #1 - Binge-watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

But, as much as I love my Real Housewives, I knew that it wouldn't shift my perspective all that much.

Option #2  - Listen to something more inspiring that would put me in a calm and peaceful place. 

You know when you need a reset?

You can chug all the coffee you want, (I do!) but you need a little something extra to shift your perspective. 

Sometimes you need to listen to something uplifting to shift your mood -- fast.

For me, that's an inspirational audiobook that can drown out any grumpy thoughts :) 

Here are 3 audiobooks I listen to when I need the reset: 

1 - The Secret 

If you're looking for something about manifesting and creating the life you want - this is for you. It's about the power of positivity and creating your own best life. 

2 - The Four Agreements

A wonderful reader emailed me about this last month. It's about living your life with 4 agreements in mind: 1) Be impeccable with your word 2) Don't take anything personally 3) Don't make assumptions 4) Always do your best

3 - Louise Hay Positive Affirmations 

You can listen to this if you're beating yourself up about stuff. I can be hard on myself and this always helps me. She's about self-love and forgiveness. 

On my flight back to NYC, I listened to The Secret. 

And when I got off the plane, it was like I was starting the day anew. 

Sometimes I forget that listening to something inspirational can shift my day. 
You might get flustered by situations, too. And that's okay.

We're all human.

It's all about how you reset, forgive yourself and move on. 

Sometimes you need something that will help you leave whatever happened in the past. 

The power of sound, music, and words are so powerful in shifting your perspective. 

Now, I'd love to hear from you!  What do you listen to when you need a shift in your perspective? 

A podcast? A beautiful classical song? Your favorite audiobook? Cardi B? :) 

I'm all about guilty pleasure songs that can help you shift, too. 

From my heart to yours, 

Devon McLeod, LCSW
Holistic Psychotherapist