So I am getting ready for an event tomorrow. We were picking up a few food items and I got a little anxious in the snack aisle because that’s how I get when I’m trying to pick out snacks for other humans. Finally, I gave up and called my husband who guided me. At this moment, I’m relieved to have everything we needed. And then it was time to pay. No worries, we have enough. I give my daughter my wallet and go to take a moment to myself. When I get back, she says the card wasn’t in there. My head spins. I have no idea where my card is. I’m on the edge of tears. Can’t think straight. I’m so lost, I call the grocery store in Mass where we last used the card. Half way home, I take a deep breath and say, “Everything is going to be ok.” And I looked over to my mom and convinced her. She didn’t need the convincing, I needed it. Saying those words a few times outloud and to myself helped me become calm enough to remember exactly where I left it.
Moral of the story, use your mantras not for luck or some ritualistic reason. Use them to calm yourself enough to think things through with a clear head.