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PAUSE – 16.25 – Stay Cool In The Face Of Frenzy

kramer-cartoon-wReflection: If you’re familiar with the long-running television series, Seinfeld, you may remember Kramer as one of the wackiest characters on the show.

Both physically and socially awkward, Kramer specialized in dramatic entrances. Charging into the room at high speed and skidding full-tilt to a dead stop, Kramer often declared, “Jerry, it’s a hair straight back day!”

And then, in his frantic way, Kramer would blurt out his dilemma of the day.

Maybe you are ‘blessed’ with a Kramer or two in your world – at work, at home or in your circle of friends.

That’s someone who is always in a hurry, often in a panic, and constantly tied up in knots over frequently inconsequential things.

Like Jerry, who stayed calm in the face of Kramer’s commotion, we too can stay cool, and maybe even help talk our frantic friends down from the ledge.

Consider your ability to stay calm a public service to others and a gift to yourself.


Action: When the ‘Kramers’ of your world invade and spew in every direction, don’t let yourself be blown over or swept away by the commotion.

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Center yourself.
  • Stay calm.

Know that your steady presence can have a positive impact on ‘Kramer’, on your relationship, and on others who are privy to the exchange.

Your even-keeled response will keep you from being drawn in to their optional and irksome ‘dramas du jour’.


Quotes Of The Week: Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?” – Shannon L. Alder

It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. – George Eliot

Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe. – Muhammad Ali

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. – Miguel Ruiz


Resource Of The Week: Here’s a link to a helpful article by Jeff Keller on How To Develop A Healthy Perspective.


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3 Responses to “PAUSE – 16.25 – Stay Cool In The Face Of Frenzy”

  1. Maureen Haddick

    I love the quote about taking nothing personally! Such good advice. Also, I loved your comparison to the characters on Seinfeld! I enjoyed that show…a show about nothing…like all the little pebbles in our shoes are also really nothing. Thanks!

  2. Pat Katz

    Maureen. I recall a presenter on Stress Management who gave each attendee a small box of QTips to keep on their desks. A reminder of the QTIP message: Quit Taking It Personally! Good advice, me thinks! PS I loved Seinfeld, too. Literally, much ado about nothing – as often are so many things in our everyday lives!

  3. Deborah Black

    Great article.

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