2.13.2013

Just Stop Complaining

A little bit of Maui
It's Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I was raised Catholic. I grew up going to church every week. And even though I have a deep spirituality now, deeper than ever, I can't say I make it to church each week. That is something I could improve on and darling daughter does love the songs at mass. Perhaps we will get back into the routine. I'll let you know.

The days at work are getting intense and after receiving the 100th excuse why someone can't do something I was tempted to call my sister and complain about it. But then an idea popped in my mind, why complain? What does it achieve? Yes, venting may make me feel better temporarily by why give the thing that bugs me a moment? Why not just let it sail on by?

Growing up during Lent I was told to give something up. Usually it ended up being sweets per my parents' suggestions. Tough for a little one. Darling daughter's preschool (it is Catholic) has prepared the kids to do something for Lent. She opted to help me with dishes every day for the next 40 days. She chose this task. After drying two yesterday she decided it was hard work. I said two was still helping, thanked her for her help, and said maybe tomorrow she may be able to dry more. She liked the challenge of maybe drying one more dish each day of Lent. Perhaps she will. Perhaps she won't. I really am not going to make a huge deal over it either way. But I do like how doing something nice seems better than taking away something.

So I am mixing the two, I want to take away the something (complaining) by doing nice and saying more positives to people. We are all busy. Life can be full. We can all have down moments and negativity never helps. So for the next 40 days, and beyond, I am going to focus even more on my daily gratitude and daily affirmations by extending them beyond myself to others. Let's not get wrapped up in the negative but run and play in the positive. And honestly, there is so much more positive in the world.  And perhaps, just maybe, it may help relationships grow stronger!

Oh, and that regularly scheduled Push It Wednesday post? It will be back next Wednesday as today I felt this took priority.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that my younger sister and her kids get to spend so much time with my mom.
Daily Affirmation: I am growing in peace and trusting more in the positive.

1 comment:

  1. I may have to jump on this bandwagon!

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