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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Just Ten Seconds Left

I really like the traffic signals that count down the seconds left before a light will change. How cool would it be if vexing personal circumstances had a similar timer letting us know how long we had left to endure something unpleasant?

Since those traffic lights started showing up everywhere, I've frequently visualized a similar signal showing me only seconds remain in certain situations. Who among us cannot withstand thirty seconds of almost anyone? Using this visual has even helped me better tolerate the coffee shop locals and their insufferable political pontificating as I wait for my takeout order. Which relationship that is difficult for you to completely avoid or recurring situation that sometimes tests your patience might be more palatable with a blinking countdown?

I realize someone or something can trigger me only if I allow it. But while awaiting my Dalai Lama certificate, I'm happy using the countdown as still another tool to help mitigate my imperfections. And happier still if someone else finds the technique at all useful.


  1. I love it. I could have used this recently when a bunch of senior citizen women were talking what I considered political nonsense which was also quite offensive in my humble opinion. Will remember it the next time I encounter such a situation! Thanks.

    1. Ines; You're welcome! I hope it works for you next time.

  2. I wish there was a timer for how long a labor contraction would last. Those shaky graphs on the monitor didn't do much for me thirty years ago. Hopefully the world of obstetrics has advanced much since then!