Did you see the video clip of German Chancellor Angela Merkel asking Trump if he wanted a handshake during her first visit to the oval office?
I watched the Youtube clip and instead of it making me angry, I smiled.
If you didn’t see it, here’s what happened:
Merkel was seated next to #45 in the oval office, filled with photographers and other people.
She turned to Donald and asked him if he wanted to have a handshake.
He ignored her and smiled like a stressed-out bully does on the first day of school.
Angela, on the other hand, let his icing roll off her chest with a quick shrug.
She didn’t fly off the handle, get fidgety or walk away pissed off.
Instead she reacted with calm in a potentially volatile situation.
With her body language, she said, “I’m not picking up what you’re putting down.”
My big message to you today is also one for me:
Every day we have the opportunity to react to a stressful situation with a client, patient, team member or other person we meet with calm or with another not-so-positive reaction.
Which one we choose is up to us.
We can decide to act like a two-year old having a tantrum, lashing out on social media with 3am tweets or…
We can be a role-model to the people we lead in our communities.
Your person-centered wellness space can help.
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With love and a handshake,