Sunscreen & Perspective



This summer I am fortunate enough to be vaccationing half a block from the Sandiego Mission Bay. I’m excited and relieved to be leaving the Arizona heat. But planning a long trip means organizing oxygen tanks for the drive over and making arrangements with the company to deliver equipment and tubing on arrival. It can be nerve-racking to know that if the truck doesn’t meet us on the right day, I could be S.O.L.

A few years ago as we were driving through the desert, our car over-heated and almost died. Luckily we were close to an auto-repair shop, which also happened to be next to a casino. Cha-Ching! I wish I could say that my inner Matt Damon from Rounders showed up and won enough to pay for the car repair. But alas, I had greater worries.

Anyone else could chill out and play some blackjack while the engine was being fixed. But I was too nervous to do anything except watch the clock and calculate how much time I had left before running out of oxygen. I hope they don’t take too long fixing the car or I could be buzzard feed! 

I’ve heard the worst thing to do in those type of situations is to worry. Worry leads to raised heart rate and hyperventilation so I sat down, took slow, deep breaths and cleared my mind.

When facing a challenging situation that causes worry or despair, I clear my mind and meditate on the Serenity Prayer:

“Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 

Years ago I was flipping channels and came upon “The Big Kahuna.” It’s a low buget, independant, flick. With only 3 actors in a a hotel room, the plot is character-driven with little action to speak of. You’d think this is a recipe for bordom but no! The dialog is deep and emotional and makes one question their beliefs and judgements about life, relationships and how we view new experiences.

Perhaps the most insightful part of the film is the sage advice given during the end credits. Whenever I am feeling lost or down I give it a play and remember it’s all about perspective.

~ Breathe Easy ~



2 thoughts on “Sunscreen & Perspective

  1. Hi Tom
    Thanks for the post. I just finished saying the Serenity Prayer before logging on my computer. It is my go to prayer when I am worried about things I can’t control.
    I am staying tuned for more of your post which I find inspiring.


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