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Have you ever watched people running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain?

Some days feel a little like that—with deadlines, to-do lists and demands chasing us from behind, breathing down our necks.

Ernest Hemingway used the image of the bullfighter to describe a quality that can help us deal with the daily pressures.

Hemingway said:

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

To illustrate that idea, he pictured a matador who calmly stands his ground as the bull charges at him. Then, at the last moment, he gracefully steps to the side and deftly swirls the cape with style.

The crowds shout, “Ole! Ole!”

Now, to be honest, the people at work are not going to shout, “Ole!” when they see how gracefully you handle another “bull” charging your way.

But they might quietly admire your style.