remember my goal to not complain this week?
that was a really good bullet point to add to the weekly list. while i know i haven’t managed to stop entirely (a few complaints have definitely slipped out), i have really been thinking about what i’m going to say before i actually say it, and that in and of itself is kind of amazing.
case in point: yesterday i was driving home from work and an elderly man with a thatch of white hair in a huge buick was trying to make a left-hand turn from the middle lane of the road (not the designated left-hand-turn lane). i’ll be the first to admit that i tend to have a wee bit of road rage, and normally i would have been sighing up a storm and making faces and and wondering why i had to get stuck behind this other driver. but instead i just kind of cocked my head and thought, “you’re not supposed to be complaining!”
so i didn’t.
and i arrived home in such a sunny mood. removing the option to complain totally kept closed the window of negativity that could easily have opened had i done it. i realize that it sounds cheesy and new age-y and silly (and my friend kate, who might be reading this, is probably saying something about how i live on a marshmallow — hi, kate!), but i think it kind of set the tone for the rest of the evening. i didn’t vary my routine — i worked out, i cooked dinner, i watched this week’s episode of new girl, i talked on the phone — but again, i think i removed some potential negativity. and i feel good about that, especially in the wake of what’s been a really busy week.
how about you? how have your weeks been so far? tell me, i’d love to hear.
p.s. happy february!
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