Breathe. Seriously. Right now, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. The world is a noisy, frustrating, emotional mess. You often have to shout over the din, trying to get out an opinion It might feel like giving in to some animal nature.
Afterall, its the competition for attention that we engage in. It’s important because we learn how to deal with other people and speak their language. By gaining other people’s attention, we may end up doing amazing things! However, more often then not, we don’t need their attention– they need ours. We always assume that we have something valuable and important to say. If we assume we do, then we cannot pretend that that is an exception. As annoying and horrible as other people may come across, they may have a point, and you’ll never know that point without stopping for a moment.
Stopping to breathe is important because it takes You out of that comptetition. You’re vying only for our own attention. Then, breathing and being focused on it, we give in a little. We may compete for applause but life itself isn’t a battle against other people. We’re all on our own tracks, doing our best, even as those efforts look different. So breathe. If you mess up, try again. If you mess up again, you try again. Let the world do what it wants for a time and don’t forget to step back and get perspective.