As you know I do a lot of reading. I came across some really good advise:
Build the things that make a life worth living your priority. Notice the negative things you say to yourself. Try an exercise: pretend the negatives were said by someone "whose mission in life was to make [you] miserable," and then fight back. That way, says Martin Seligman, "you don't blindly accept you own insults."
Nurture your strengths, not your negativity.
Nurture human virtues: Satisfaction, Contentment, Fulfillment, Pride, Serenity.
Ask youself "What's right?" and live your life around those strengths.
So this evening I took an assessment. Where am I in the scale of negative vs. positive.
I got up this morning; straightened the bathroom and started a load of laundry while getting ready for work. I got to work and began my day and stayed organized completing the various goals that I had set for the day. When I returned home I met my daughters in the backyard to see how their day went and then spent time harvesting produce from the garden.
I felt like that I accomplished a great deal and that I have stayed organized while there was intermittent interuptions that pulled me from various tasks. Only for a moment was I frustrated at work. Personal issues at home made me sad for a little while. Overall the day was good.
I am grateful that I have a job. I am grateful I have a home. I am grateful for my Dad, who is always there when I need to talk.
Today I was challenged by the mistakes of a co-worker. The mistakes generated more work that required my immediate attention pulling me from my scheduled tasks. I was able to overcome this challenge by coming up with a solution and found an opportunity to train and instruct preventing future errors.
I found a moment to spend some time savoring a nice warm cup of carmel chocolate latte (hot chocolate frothed up with carmel) while I wrapped up my work for the day.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
This week I did a couple things to improve upon some areas in my life.
How did you do this week?
- During the week I had asked my children to do a few things around the house. Aislyn has been helpful and pleasant about her assistance. I was thinking about how she has been doing well in school. I remembered that I hadn't really said anything to her or rewarded her. So, when I got home Thursday evening from work I had Aislyn get dressed and we went to the movies just the two of us and watched "Voyage of the Dawn Treader." I explained to her why I was treating her to a movie.
- While at work I pulled my calendar out and marked the days of birthdays and anniversaries for the month of January so that I can remember to send cards. Now I need to take the time to make the cards.
- Victor took the boys to the Tri-Stake Youth New Year's Eve Dance Friday evening. Aislyn, Allisa and I went to my bedroom; ate See's chocolates and watched a couple movies until midnight. We had fun. It was good to spend time with them.
How did you do this week?