Stress: Enhancing Mental Focus under Stress

What is Stress? Stress is when you accidentally and unexpectedly drop your keys into the waste ‘counter slot’ at the ATM bank machine at 6:30am in the morning, approximately 90 minutes before the bank opens and miles from your home. Standing in shock and utter amazement as I reflect on the keys falling into a LOCKED waste box, my car is parked on the street with only my wallet and cell phone in hand. In the past, I would have panicked and freaked out, BUT THIS TIME I remained much calmer. What did I do? First, I called the 24 hour bank machine phone number and after a lengthy wait was told they could assist me, however, it may take several DAYS for the contracted company to visit that particular branch. The customer service guy said the best step was to speak with the branch manager upon opening. I decided there must be a quicker solution. So, with a clear mental focus I asked myself what to do next? A good old-fashioned metal clothes hanger came into mind. I immediately began walking down the street to the closest Starbucks, in hopes they could lend me one to scoop out the keys deep at the bottom. If the metal hanger still existed??? On route to Starbucks, a gentleman with weights in both hands, out for his daily exercise, is speed walking towards me. I stop him to communicate my dilemma and ask his assistance, at which time he mentions the fellow who works at the local gas station/garage could likely help. So, after a relatively short period of time, we...
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