Not long ago we talked about some of the benefits of smiling, which include a measurable reduction in stress. There’s an old saying, “No plan survives initial contact.” The poet Robert Burns included the same thought in his poem “To a Mouse” when he wrote “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley”, or the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. We’ve always understood that no matter how thorough a plan we come up with, it’s not going to go exactly as planned and we’re going to have to adapt. So when your photographer helps bring out that killer smile, they’re actually reducing your stress levels and helping you practice your adaptation skills. Pretty cool, huh?So what happens when we finally accept that the world doesn’t really care about our plan? Take a look at the boogie boarder above. He’s using the changing water shape to catch a ride. Or how about the boarder chick below? The slopes are different every run of every day. Because she’s relaxed she’s able to adapt to those changes and hanging it out there for an awesome ride. Flow with it. The next time life decides to throw a monkey wrench in your plan, try taking the lead of these two and remind yourself to just flow with it. Less stress, more fun, I can work with that. How about you?
Wow, I can’t wait for winter to get here. I’m pretty sure I can hear my snowboard calling from the garage already.