He sounded frantic. His voice was demanding as he exclaimed, "I need help with my computer, now!"
I continued seasoning my food. I considered his exclamation as a request and replied,
- I'll help you when I finish my lunch.
"I should come first," he retorted. He had a habit of going in to crisis mode, and of using his sense of crisis to pressure me. I knew it could wait. I countered,
- Don't do this to me. I'll get to you when I'm ready. Pressure won't help.
I calmly took a bite of my chicken and looked at the clock. I assessed how this new event would affect my work day. He left me to savor my well-prepared lunch. It was delicious.
This PowerPhrase protected my priorities, kept me out of crisis mode and helped me maintain my balance. By the way - the conversation took place in my dreams.
I practice Speaking Strong day and night! More on dreams tomorrow.