Saturday, September 19, 2009

Just keep swimming

Maintaining a positive outlook and choosing to be happy is a challenge for most of us. I mean, you can set out on your chosen happy-joy-joy path with all the determination in the world, only to step in the stinking dog poop of daily life that was lying unseen, just around the corner.

So how do you keep your happy face firmly fixed in place when it seems that all around you are doing their damnedest to drag you down? That old saying about not sweating the small stuff is something I'm trying to live by. I'm one of the worst offenders when it comes to allowing life's little inconveniences to throw me all off-balance, but I'm aiming to change that. Because of course, it's not the circumstances that are the problem, but how you react to them.

For instance, getting angry about being stuck in a traffic jam and fuming all the way to work is pointless. It doesn't make me feel better, it doesn't move the traffic any faster, and I arrive at work with my neck and shoulder muscles twisted in knots and starting my day off in a bad mood. I'm sure my colleagues appreciate that ...NOT. So, my chosen approach will be to take a few deep breaths (and maybe yell F*CKERS! just once, for old time's sake. LOL) and then put on some relaxing music and just exercise some patience. I still get to work at the same time, sure, but hopefully feeling less stressed and minus the grumpy face.

I'm practising like mad, because this doesn't really come naturally to me.... Today, the wind is blowing a gale which is messing with my plans to do some outdoor work. Instead of bitching about it, I'm washing sheets, towels etc and hanging them out to flap madly in the wind and dry nicely, thanks very much. :o)

As well as letting go of unimportant crap, I'm surrounding myself with positive words and images, to remind me to just keep swimming.

I thought I'd share a few of the "challenge" quotes I've collected:

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
- Bernice Johnson Reagan

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
- General George S Patton

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.
- Stephen Covey


Fifi said...

ahhh. One of my all time favourites. I can speak whale you know!

You're allowed to yell "F*ckers"..but not in front of the children. I find that they laugh too much...

ss2306 said...

I just had the biggest laugh for the day so "thank you". Although my favourite road rage calling is "f*cking idiot"!

Debstar said...

I once had the girls give some lady the 'rude' finger as we drove past her.

If you get stuck in traffic it is the perfect time to do pelvic floor exercises or do some yoga breathing. Also keep some of your boy's heavy metal records handy. When you're really stressed listening to obsenities set to music (if you can call it that) does actually hit the spot.

As for that happy joy-joy path, Kek I reckon you're still grieving, soon enough you'll find hopping over the dog poop isn't so very hard after all. Chin up, it'll happen.

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