In his book, “Everything is F*cked,” Mark Manson argues that there is one thing that is constant in our lives and that is pain. Physical pain, emotional pain, etc. I may cover this separately at some point, but I have not finished the book yet. In any case he is right about that. Pain is a constant. Something is always around the corner.
The Other Shoe Drops
I was reminded of this yesterday when I found out I was getting a pay cut. Yes, I work for a living and write all this for fun. Anyway, I actually used something I learned from Hal Elrod’s book, “Miracle Morning,” and that is I used the five second rule. I got angry and scared for five minutes and then said, “Can’t Change It.” It helped a lot. I don’t know if I will ever get as good at it as Hal, but I am happy to have the tool.
The Hiking Cure
However, it is fantastic to have something to “reset” yourself besides mental gymnastics. For me that is hiking. It takes you away from your every day existence and places you into nature where you can forget your challenges, clear your mind and be reborn.
Then you can see the blessings in any adversity. In my case, I still have a job where others were laid off. It will push me to do a side hustle or two. Before this happened I was just too lazy to work another job or get creative enough to find additional income. As Tony Robbin’s says it is transformed from a “should” to a “must.” When you have a “must” things get done.
When you go hiking you flush these revelations out or you decide to move in a completely different direction. So go hiking when you see that curve ball coming your way.