This calm-under-pressure attitude was an important lesson to me, not just in life but in how I react to adversity while traveling, as well. The typical travel experience, no matter where you go or what you do, is fraught with minor problems. Cars break down, we miss trains, lose luggage, spend too much money ... the list goes on.
I've learned to take a page out of Cody's book and at least attempt to approach these situations with ease and grace. Missing a train is not the end of the world. Another train will come, and I will hop on it and be on my way. No amount of yelling or sulking will bring that train back or, in a larger sense, change the situation entirely. Instead, it's best to just take a deep breath, step back, and find a solution, rather than harping on the problem itself.
2. Take it slow and have fun.
Another dog of mine, Preston, enjoys nothing more than going into the backyard. But it's not because he loves to run and play around. Nope, it's because he loves to methodically walk around the yard, smelling every spot and summing up what it means to his senses. I have no idea what he's doing, but he spends hours back there, just sniffing around.