Action replay

When something goes wrong, using an action replay feels like a tempting option.

A few years back, I had my phone snatched from me in a train station in East London. It happened without me realizing what was going on as I was on a call. One moment I was trying to pull my phone back in shock. A moment later, it was on the floor. And, my snatcher had then taken it and run onto the tracks.

So, I was stuck in action replay mode asking myself – “What could I have done?” A couple of days later, my action replays involved me doing some form of karate to thwart my opponent. Of course, I’ve never learnt karate.

But, similar things happen when we make a dumb mistake or misplace something.

It is worth remembering that action replays, while useful when watching sports, aren’t all that useful in real life. The only purpose they serve is to beat ourselves up – a useless activity. While you could make the case they might help the next time you are in a similar situation, it isn’t generally the case for one-off events. A better, longer term approach is to be more mindful. And, even that won’t guarantee a mishap-less life.

Mistakes happen every once a while. If they’re fixable, make the attempt to fix them. If not, reflect, learn and move forward. There’s a reason the rear view mirror is so much smaller than the windshield.

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