My apologies for the clichéd title of this post, but it is the most accurate description of this particular Monday. It was neither a good Monday nor a bad Monday, but it was a manic Monday indeed. It was one of those days when I barely had time to breathe thanks to all of the things that needed to be attended to and finished, but in the midst of it all, I found some small ways to be good to myself and one other person.
One of the best things I did for myself today was to maintain a healthy perspective and fairly positive attitude, which actually is harder than it sounds. For all of my talk about having faith in myself and believing that everything happens for the greater good, I often believe that for others and not myself, and I will allow myself to become enveloped in life’s stressors and challenges. Well, today, I paid attention to my emotions and thoughts, and instead of giving in to the things that are out of my control, I took control of my attitude about, and perception of, everything going on around me. I was present and engaged, instead of going on autopilot. While I still was busy and did not have the answers to all of life’s questions, I was able to accomplish many tasks and felt good about my efforts and about myself. To end the day tired from working hard, yet feeling content with myself, feels so much better than ending it feeling exhausted and defeated.
Along the same lines, I was able to offer support to my special friend who amazes me with how well he handles the ongoing challenges he faces in his own life, yet he does not always see this or recognize his own self-worth. To be able to take some time to point out his successes and accomplishments and to thank him for all of the support he has given me and the lessons he has helped me to learn may not change the situations he is dealing with, but it always is my hope that it makes a positive difference in his day. I cannot make him see all the good in him that I see, but I know that when I have gone through tough times, having people believe in me when I could not believe in myself was the difference between giving up and going forward. Onward, we both go!
Just one thing each day . . .
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