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Forced Zen: How to find clarity in times of chaos

Do you know that feeling when you get up dreading the day?

Yesterday was not good, and you know today won’t be any better.

Most of us have been there—I’ve been there, and quite recently.

After a terrible night with Yves having growth pain on his legs, we overslept the next day. And, since that morning, nothing went as planned.

I missed important meetings, and Fabienne was extremely busy, struggling with everything else that needed to be done.

We’re lucky that a lot of things in our life are great, but we still have these moments when it feels like everything falls apart and nothing works.

When this happens, we’re torn between two ways of coping:

⚔️ fight

OR
 
🍸 chill.

Sometimes we have to fight and try our best to hold everything together.

But I believe that chilling is a lot better.

We call chilling in these frustrating moments as Forced Zen: when there’s so much going on that the only thing we can do is breathe chill and try to go with the flow.

Forced Zen gives us a moment of clarity that moves us forward.

Forced Zen gives us a moment of clarity that moves us forward.

Plus it puts Joel and Yves in a better mood. Kids usually mirror their parents’ emotions, and ours are no different. When we’re chill, Joel and Yves are more chill—an incredibly good thing to have when everything else is crumbling down.

 

How about you? How do you deal with these moments?
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Written By: 

Philipp Schoeffmann

Philipp is a 20-year veteran of digital marketing who has spent most of his adult life in 2 worlds: selling online, and creating social impact through education. In 2020, together with his wife Fabienne (an economist for the UN and PhD in social sciences), he has founded The FAM Fund.

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