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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quick Tip on Improvising With Life's Dings: Keep Your Whining to Yourself!

You know what's annoying? When Ding Happens to someone you don't know but happens to be near you, and they feel compelled to complain to you about it. What's up with that?!

Maybe you're standing next to them in line, sitting next to them on a plane, or happen to be near them in a bar. Something happens to them, and since you happen to be in close physical proximity to them, they start talking to you about it.

There are few social situations I find more awkward than trying to remove myself from a conversation with a stranger without making it ridiculously obvious to them that I don't care that the store won't accept their return without a receipt. Maybe I'm too nice...

If you are ever in public and Ding Happens to you, here's a tip: Keep it to yourself! No one cares, and whining to a stranger will not help you.

Ding Happens. It happens to all of us, and when it happens to you, just remember that you are not unique.

Instead, follow step #2 of the step by step process to improvising with anything: focus on what you can control and let go of the rest.

And if you feel the need to talk to a stranger, keep it positive and focus on them. You'll get a lot farther that way.

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