Keeping calm matters
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Calm and gentleness carry power. The victory of the sun over the wind to get a man remove his coat in Aesop's fable brings this point home.
Often it feels counterintuitive to keep our calm in the face of major challenges, anger or insults. Many people respond in kind and oppose frustration or more anger to anger, offense to insult, and panic to honor or life threatening situations. They mistakenly equate to a show of force their responses to undesirable stimuli.
Keeping calm goes a long way. Intrinsic strength and control come out. Confidence is projected. And emerge conditions conducive to good relationships and desired results. In the end, we are better equipped to deal with difficult people or crises.
Staying calm allows us to protect our long-term interests against short-term satisfaction. The star of the future twinkles brighter to our eyes when we keep our emotional storms out of the way. Thus we are able to remain positive and marshal focus and energy to stick to hope.
Maturity and leadership sound hollow without composure. Others will pick up quickly your state of insecurity and show less inclination to trust and follow. All bark and no bite may not stave off the prowling wolf of low morale or lack of purpose. Right perception, knowing what to do and how to do it is the remedy to many vexing issues.
Keeping calm facilitates professional development, helps maintain good health and boosts productivity. However, it may not come naturally. The fruit of keeping calm results from watering the roots of good habits, reflection and understanding. Composure is worth your investment in terms of time and effort, because keeping calm matters.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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