This morning, as I was getting ready to write this blog post, an unexpected thing happened. The power went out. And then, the internet went out.

I paused and thought, what now? I have work to do.

After a moment of contemplation, I decided that the universe gave me a little gift. I went for a walk. That walk refreshed me. I breathed in the fresh air and gave my brain a little break. I felt resilient.

Not long after I returned home, the power came back on, and I was able to return to my work more awake and focused.

This scenario could have gone a completely different way. I could have panicked because I had so much work to do today that I needed electricity and the internet for. I could have let that overwhelm me. But, I made the choice to not be overwhelmed.

I chose to step back and look at the big picture. My walk gave me some perspective. I realized I could shift some things around and do “offline” work if the power wasn’t restored when I got home. I realized that, yes, life still happens without electricity and the internet. I actually felt a sense of freedom to not to be tied to devices for a little while.

So, what do you do when the unexpected happens? What choice can you make to help you access your own resiliency the next time you are met with the unexpected?

May you have peace within,

Julia anjali mudra hands

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