No matter what the day brought, I can calm down as soon as I settle into a "Criminal Mind" re-run.
It can be more effective than meditation to become centered about the ups and downs of our little lives. If the earlier 18 hours were horrific, then I catch several re-runs.
Last night's rerun was about the murder of old-timer in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) Jason Gideon. Although members of team hadn't interacted with the retired FBI agent for a long time, the grief was palpable.
How we would like to envision that anyone in our professional life would regret our passing. That's a feel-good so needed in these Darwinian times.
And the team parachuted in to find the bad guy. Bad guys are clearly labeled. It isn't 10 years later than we discover the client or vendor we trusted has been undermining us.
In the end, the bad guys get theirs. In real life, it took a lot of maturing for so many of us to accept that the bad guys can finish first.
Thanks to three episodes of "Criminal Minds" I was able to sit on what could have escalated into a conflict with a client. After the first rerun I send a friendly but businesslike email about what was. Then I left it. Amazing behavior for someone brought up in an ethnic culture which experiences drama as the only way to live.
Today, by 10:30 A.M. the client problem was solved. I was being offered additional compensation for what had been beyond the boundaries of the original assignment.
Takeaway: Try "Criminal Minds" reruns before taking any action in one's professional life. As for the personal, that runs on drama.
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