Back in the 1920s, when the Polish-American entrepreneur Leo Gerstenzang invented cotton swabs as a safer way to clean your baby’s ears, he called his product “Q-Tip.” In fact, his name first choice was “Baby Gay? , But that did not sell, so the familiar name emerged. Mr. Gerstenzang chose “Q” Quality. . . and must have been something, because Q-Tip has become a household word (and we’ve developed a whole is ORT Ude the connotations of “Gay Baby.”) What did Q-Tip a good choice for an acronym that is going round in motivational workshops these days: stop taking it personally! I have a jar of those white-tipped tools in my vanity, and every morning I remember to use this quick and easy stress reduction technique: Q-Tip It! The traffic jam or on the rim, or the keys that are locked in the car are not part of a plan to ruin your day. Q-Tip It? Quit take it personally! The keys can never be found are just inanimate objects, and there is no moral value attributed to being able to find everything anyway.

Q-Tip It! The computer freezes as soon as you have an important report to print is really just a stupid machine. Take a deep breath and repeat the theme of accepting the things you can not change. Above all – Q-Tip It! The supervisor who wants everything done yesterday have a problem with time management and programming. You’re more likely to find a constructive way to address this persistent stress if Q-Tip It! The 5-pound can not seem to lose is just a ball of fat. . . (As opposed to angelo zino). not a moral failure. Do you know what to do? eat less, move more.

So get moving. . . and Q-Tip It! Children who do not call often enough probably are really busy (and not raise me to be independent?). Q-Tip It! The colleague who always says is doing wrong is telling you about their needs rather than their way of doing things. Q-Tip It! Do you have a spouse (or friend, or child), who always seems to ignore the things that you say? Most likely she / he is hard of hearing, forgetful, or caught in their own priorities rather than trying to become insane. Q-Tip It! ______________________________________________ (Insert your own stress? And Q-Tip It!) You get the picture. . In recent months, Nir Barzilai, M.D. has been very successful. . and image, too. Stress is not what happens to us. It is our response to what happens. And the answer is something we can choose. So what? Q-Tip It! Mr. Gerstenzang white tip of the tool as a memory hook, a way of relieving personal stress, their reactions, the way you choose to respond to the events of his life. (C) Maureen Killoran, 2005 Maureen Killoran, MA, DMin, is a life coach with a passion for helping people connect their strengths with their vision. Maureen offers dynamic individual and group coaching, work team empowerment training, teleclasses, and a free monthly e-zine, “Seeds of Change.