Overcoming the Mid Seat Blues

I’m coming to you today from thirty-some-odd-thousand feet in the air on my way to beautiful (and much warmer than MN ;-b) Orlando, FL.

So I have to tell you; yesterday when I checked into my flight, I got the “awful” news that I got a middle seat…

Of course, my initial reaction was something along the lines of !@#$%^&*

By the way, I have to wonder as I’m writing this if the two lovely ladies sitting next to me are reading this. ;-b

I will say, I did get lucky. I fit just fine. I didn’t get squeezed between two big guys – been there with my arms crossed and shoulders rounded forward for hours because I couldn’t move – so thank the heavens I suppose. ;-b

But, seriously, it’s also just interesting to think about how, in our modern society where we are so accustomed to luxuries, comforts, instant gratification, and more, just how easily we can get thrown off our game by, what most in the world (or even here just a few years back) would think is ridiculous.

I mean, I’m flying at over 500 mph on my way to “the happiest place on earth!” I’ve already watched a documentary (interesting one on Tesla – the man, not the car) on my iPad, and now I’m working on my laptop with high-speed (yes, now they have it) wifi…

HELLO!

It’s grounding (I get the irony in that since I’m flying through the air) to stop and think about just how much I do have to be grateful…

Gratitude is something I’m really trying to put more emphasis on.

Gratitude for the “little” things like a sunny day, a creature comfort at home, or something/someone that makes me smile.

Gratitude for the big things like family, friends, food, and shelter… YES! When you stop and think about those things, which we so often take for granted, you realize just how fortunate we are.

Gratitude for the obstacles and “problems” that I face, which will ultimately help me grow as a person.

 
 

Hell, any of the “problems” I have, in the grand scheme of things, are nothing more than “high society” or “champagne” problems as my buddy Travis calls them…

I mean, any problem I could have at work, for example, would be very much welcomed by someone who doesn’t have a job…

Any problem I have with my current home not selling yet while I’m trying to build a new house is just absurd when you consider someone who is homeless…

And, don’t get me wrong, I know some people are dealing with some real things – aging parents, sick family members, teenagers, debilitating injuries, a death of someone close, and so on…

I don’t want to belittle any of that or even any of the stuff that’s real in my own life.

What I do want to do, for myself and for anyone who this message resonates with, is create some awareness around all the good we do have in our life…

One of the laws of the universe is the law of polarity – basically, you can’t have an up without a down, an inside without an outside, a positive without a negative…

So, in effect, there’s really no such thing as an all bad situation. If it’s really bad, there has to be something really good about it, too…

Of course, the good in “bad” things is often hard to see or may show up much later in a totally different way.

It’s easy to connect the dots looking to the past…not so much looking into the future.

Let me bring this to a close…

With November comes my favorite holiday – probably more for the food and the football – Thanksgiving.

So, let’s jump on the bandwagon and use this month to improve our practice of gratitude.

I encourage you to take a minute each morning (before the day gets going) to write down 1 – 10 things that you’re grateful fo. You can keep a journal or get into the social media thing with #gratitude or #grateful – I’m sure one or both of those things are going on…

We’ll be doing it in our private Facebook Group at The Transformation Club to encourage our clients to practice gratitude and bring more light to the good in their daily lives. 🙂

By the way, the beautiful thing about gratitude is this – during that moment, it’s impossible to be angry, frustrated, or negative in anyway…all “problems” disappear, at least for that brief flash. 🙂

Today, I am grateful for many things, but I’ll share just one right now…

YOU!

Thank YOU, for being a reader of this blog post and allowing me to share my thoughts with you. I appreciate your time and attention for these few minutes that you give me each day. 🙂

HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!

Justin Yule BS, CPT, MTE, FMSC
President and Chief Transformation Officer
The Transformation Club

 

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About the Author:

Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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