Today is my last day being 38. I am feeling reflective and am therefore pondering many things. One of which is why do the crappy things that happen sometimes stick in your head and seemingly overwrite the awesome things? I’m not talking about major life events. I’m talking about the little things – the guy who cut you off or the icy bridge that slowed you down.
What is the human condition that allows the 4 people who treated me poorly while at work to overshadow the 496 who complimented me? Why should the one who told me in such a sweet manner my name was very fitting and I added “joy” to her day not be the FIRST thing I think about?
Writing it down does help. I’m making a conscious decision to not write down the events of the less than positive interactions. Believe me, I can recall the details very vividly. Instead I’m choosing to remember the sweet kids who when they gave me their zip code I exclaimed, “HEY! I grew up there!!! There’s only one zip code for that area!!” and we had a good time talking about the local hangouts for a minute or two. Or the sweet littles that come in and tell me all about their first time on the hill and how they love their new mittens. Those are the interactions that need to occupy space in my brain. When the other interactions, the mean ones, creep into my thoughts I want to shake myself and remind myself to focus on the positive. To “be Teflon” as my therapist says. Let the bad stuff roll right off. When I accomplish the feat of focusing on the positive I know I have accomplished something, Something good for me. Something beneficial to my health.
In the now immortal words of Taylor Swift I pledge to “Shake it Off.” I will let the haters hate and be Teflon and “Shake it off.” I want to spend 39 loving life and focusing on the good. On the fun. Live a little more fully and maybe even break a few rules.. (That may be pushing the envelop a little…..) I will say “Thank you!” to compliments and NOT shake those off. I will treat myself in healthy ways and have more fun.
I plan to accomplish some of this today – while still 38. I’m going to work today and treat myself with riding (snowboarding) tonight. I’m going to enjoy the day and make the best of it.
What are you going to do to make today awesome?
You can watch the anthem of my Littles right here —> Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
This post is part of a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own –>set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
Karen of Baking In a Tornado gave me :
work ~ compliment ~ shake ~ health ~ accomplish ~ treat
Now grab a cup of something, sit back, and enjoy these links to the other amazing bloggers who participated today.
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/ Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com Evil Joy Speaks