This morning I drove past Mooney’s Bay Park. As I took in the beautiful bay, the beach and the grassy areas, I thought of the news story that I read last night. Unbeknownst to the citizens of Ottawa, members of city council had approved the development of Canada’s largest children’s play ground – right there in Mooney’s Bay.
I could feel my blood starting to boil. I was so angry that this lovely, verdant spot was going to be ruined. Without any notice, without any discussions and without any thought or care for the residents who live nearby.
Touted as a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, council would like this to be a drawing card for people from across the region. I thought of the increase in traffic and the construction nightmares, and became steadily more agitated.
I called a friend who has experience with Ottawa’ s bureaucracy and vented on her voice mail. It made me feel better for about two minutes. I spent the next two hours brooding about the situation.
At some point during the day I had to ask myself if I had the energy to be so angry about this new playground. I am a business owner, author, teacher and speaker. Do I even have the time to be this upset?
I had to be honest with myself; no. No, I don’t have the time or the energy to get worked up and agitated about this development. My energy needs to go towards something positive and constructive; my clients.
Being honest with yourself is the foundation of being honest with others.
When you are honest with yourself, you will be living with your values. When you live in congruence with your values, you are likely to experience fewer internal conflicts. When you are experience fewer internal conflicts, you will be happier.
It’s a positive cycle, and the great thing is that EVERYONE can choose to be part of this cycle.