Last month I was sent a link to an article that I have repeatably returned to in my mind – a sure sign that contained within it is a fundamental teaching that if grasped – could change one’s life experience.
Arthur Rosenfeld, novelist, philosopher, and martial arts teacher, wrote about a time when a man behind him in a Starbucks Drive thru triggered within him a strong emotional response (anger) and he was faced with a decision on how to react.
Arthur goes on to share that whenever our buttons are pushed we always have three choices….
Door Number 3 is different every time and the trick, Arthur states, is to figure out what’s behind Door Number 3.
After reading this article I got to thinking – what if we lived our lives by continuously opening that 3rd door whenever a life event triggered us. But how?
I played with it awhile and discovered that- at least as a start – all I had to do when triggered was remember to ask the question – “What’s the 3rd Door?” and then breath deep and respond accordingly.
With 2 Preteen daughters in the house I am forever given lots of opportunities to practice
So here’s the challenge – pick a 24 hour period (beginning now perhaps?) and set the intention that whenever someone or something triggers you in any way you will, before responding, ask your self…
“What’s Behind the 3rd Door?”
And then breath deep and wait a few seconds before taking (or not taking) action.
Just for 24 hours.
And then come back and tell us what happened.
In appreciation for your sharing we will randomly select some of the stories and award a prize – a little motivation to get you started (though I expect that once you begin to open the 3rd Door you will find motivation enough to keep it open )
To read Arthur’s tale and watch the News Story that accompanied it visit:
Stay Open, Allow Creativity, and Have some Fun…