And while the heat of Summer brings with it many opportunities for fun, it also brings potential malfunctions, frustration and inconvenience. Refrigerators, air conditioners, computers, and of course, cars don’t like hot and humid conditions anymore than humans do.
The heat also seems to bring out the fear, impatience and anger in most people. And things that may have been slightly annoying in cooler weather can sometimes escalate into full-blown drama when the temperature rises.
How many of us become Chicken Little when something goes awry?
Even with planning and organization, there's no guarantee that everything will run smoothly.
So when something hits you without warning, which do you do first: escalate or breathe?
And agitating those around us with cries of, "The sky is falling!," particularly when it actually ISN'T, will only further upset everyone within earshot.
In those moments, we can’t be helpful to ourselves or others and we can’t think of anything but our own upset, which tends to feed on itself.
If you can’t plan in advance, take a few minutes to calm yourself when the unexpected occurs and then plan for the most appropriate action for the next moment.
See the fear of asking for what it is -- a way to protect yourself in a vulnerable moment when you already feel out of control.
Take a minute to relax.
A panicked drowning person will kill a life guard and themselves by hysterically holding on too tight.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, open yourself up to the experience, rise to your best, most gracious place inside, and do what's next.