It’s all about acceptance…..”Don’t worry, be happy.” as the song goes.
The power of acceptance: Looking at what happens through a positive mindset instead of a negative or defeatist one.
After saying goodbye to the incredible people of Antigua and the amazing week of just relaxing and having that down time we all need, it’s time to get back to reality, to make our way to the airport ready to wave goodbye to the turquoise seas and white beaches and face the world of everyday life. As we get into the taxi we are greeted by our taxi driver, Austin. My only interaction with the people of Antigua has been fabulous and this is no different. We exchange pleasantries as we sit back and start our relatively long journey back to the UK. Austin, born and bred in Antigua has three sons, all sharing his name, Austin. (As a middle name I might add- it could be a little confusing if not).
As Austin begins the airport run it is clear that he is what I would call a ‘Sunday driver’. You know what I mean, the couple who decide to go for a ‘Sunday drive’ and go no faster than a snail.
The Power of Acceptance
Now if I was at home driving behind the lovely Austin I would be getting a little impatient, to say the least. As it was I had obviously chilled sufficiently for it not to bother me. I actually made a choice to enjoy the slowness (and questionable nature) of his driving. To accept what is because at that moment in time I had no control over the situation I was in. I was at the mercy of Austin. What I did have control over was my behaviour and how I chose to think and feel about the slowness of this journey. In a world where everything is “go go go” and constantly dictated by time, it felt refreshing to take a moment to realise that actually all was ok, and by choosing to be relaxed and enjoy being present on my journey, I was’ in turn choosing a more positive experience. An experience that was filled with humour and one I will remember because of the choices I made. I was present, I was laughing and I was calm. Something I can find hard to do at times. This reminded me (or was it a rather big wake up call) that I am responsible for how I react to things, and actually, by choosing a more positive reaction, a more positive experience is created for me and those around me.
So if we can’t change the situation or the outcome the one thing we do have control over is our behaviour, our reaction to something. Take a moment and think about it. How could you shift your behaviour for the better? I know I will go home more aware of making choices that impact not only me but those around me.
Learning the power of acceptance from an airport transfer with a man called Austin, who’d have thought.