Thursday, January 31, 2008

Complaints

I think lately I've been reminded that if I maintain the right sort of attitude, I can actually find myself happy more often than not. I think a big part of this is largely dependent on my ability to eliminate upsetting behavior from my repetoire. With this discovery, I've decided to attempt to give up complaining.

I realized the other day that I really don't have all that much to complain about. Sure, I had a rough upbringing, but who didn't these days? Sure, I have problems and issues, and things that just don't go as I had hoped they would go, but who doesn't experience that? Time is limited. No matter how much I'd like to forget that and feel like I have an unlimited expanse of life and youth ahead of me, that's just not how things work. Why waste this precious commodity? I should recognize what makes me happy, and what I can do to try to stay that way. Enjoy what I can, while I can.

Moving forward. I often apply this when faced with a situation that is difficult to approach or somehow frightening. What can I do to move forward? What is the next step? If I stay busy trying to move forward, I won't have time to be stressed, worried, frightened, or otherwise incapacitated by my emotions. Why is it that I don't apply this to my every day life? I think I'll start. I need to figure out what I want, and what the next step is in order to get there. What's the worst that could happen? Maybe I'll fail, but at least I tried. I am the only person who can let myself be defeated, and I refuse to allow it.

I tried the other day at work, to motivate myself by creating steps to my day. This is what I need to complete, in this amount of time, to stay on track. When I break things down into tiny manageable parts they seem so much more reasonable, and somehow I get them done without even thinking about it. Maybe the same idea can be applied to much larger goals. Maybe I should decide what my larger goals are.

Maybe I already have.

And now for a little levity:

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Currently listening:
Urban Angel
By Natalie Walker
Release date: 28 August, 2007

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