3 little reminders from the Giant Panda

Earlier this week, my nephews and I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely Chinese couple – Er Shun & Da Mao.  A quiet and reclusive pair, they ate the whole time we visited, didn’t make eye contact once, and actually flat out ignored us the whole time we were there.  Although we were very excited to meet them (as is the rest of Toronto), they couldn’t even be arsed to get up and greet us properly to their home.  Hosts with the most?  I think not.

Alas, through their silence, they were able to convey a few key lessons about how to really enjoy life and I thought I’d share them with you:

  1. Slow the f*ck down!  Watching them both sit back, relax, eat, and just take it all in reminded me of the importance of just focusing on ONE task at a time.  ONE.  Not 10 things at once.  Not five things at once.  Nope….one thing at a time.
  2. And while you’re doing that ONE thing, enjoy the hell out of it.  Who cares what others think?  Who cares if you’re doing it right or wrong?  Who cares how you look?  In Panda-land, if it feels good…do it.
  3. Panda’s also have a incredible presence about them.  They’re obviously adorable but there’s also this ‘air’ about them that just commands your rapt attention.  Perhaps it’s because they appear to be in a world all their own, where life is simple and peaceful and you can’t help but want to be lost in their world with them.

So, thank you Panda’s for reminding me about of the sheer pleasure and simple enjoyment of life.  I already took these lessons to heart and focused on writing this ONE post which resulted in me writing it in record time and hitting ‘Publish’ without worrying extensively about how it would be received.  Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go and paint black circles around my eyes in solidarity.  😉

If you’d like to adopt some Panda-esque behaviour in your life, drop me a line here and we’ll work together to get you calm, cool, and collected too.




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