In offices, many good stories and good teamwork can take place around the water fountain. In a gym it can be the same or it can take on another form.
In my gym it seems that many people turn the water fountain nozzle outward so that they can fill up a water bottle. If the next person comes by, who just so happened to be me, and wants a drink of water but does not look where the nozzle is pointed, they get wet!
I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten wet because the person before me filled up their water bottle and did not turn the nozzle back to the drinking position!
The toxin we are looking to knock out here is “anger”. Especially when we have a small issue overwhelm us so much that we take it personally.
Enter our hero, Daniel the Beagle Dwyer.
Heroes have consistent answers to the toxins that can affect our lives and Daniel has some thoughts on this issue right now.
The first thing we need to do is to realize that this is a small issue (toxin) and if we overreact it can grow to a much more toxic issue for us as the ripple effects take over. For instance, after you get wet you realize the machine you wanted to use is now occupied! Now the toxic level grows to a dangerous level!
Dogs never combine issues like this. They live in the moment and do not let these issues multiply exponentially. Wait a minute; this is not a math lesson!!
It is a good knock out toxins lesson, however, and we are not done yet!
The other part of this lesson that our hero, Daniel, is offering is not to take it personally. There is only a slight chance, if at all, that the person previously at the water fountain did not turn the nozzle back to make sure the next person got wet. So, it is a classic accident and should not be over reacted to.
Maybe for you it is not the water fountain in the gym, but guaranteed it is something similar that can turn us to a point of toxic anger for no good reason.
The lesson for today to knock out toxins is to take the time needed to first evaluate the issue and see it as a small matter that you do not want to escalate. Second is to understand that it is not personal, and it is not business either, Godfather!
Seriously, our hero is clearly inspiring us to knock out these easy toxins early so we can go on with our day and live in a peaceful, compassionate and productive way.