Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Making Myself Have a Better Attitude

I'm sick.  Literally.  And I'm frustrated that my week's plans are all screwed up as a result.  I started to post all about that but I soon realized that was going to be another negative post.  Who wants to read negative posts over and over again?  Not me. 

So, this one will not be negative.

In college I used to say to my friends in most situations, "It's all in the attitude." Now I don't imagine that I was the first to have such a motto.  I don't claim to be.  But I did think it up all by myself, without someone I knew telling it to me first.  I found that if I pretended to be in a good mood, I usually ended up in one for real.  If I went into a situation expecting it to be positive, it usually was.

I am therefore applying the same principle here.  I am feeling better.  I will be able to clean up the dirty dishes in the kitchen with a good attitude and it will feel really good to get that done.  I will re-wash the load of dark clothes that's been sitting in the washer for over 48 hours to get out the sour smell.  Then I will dry them right away and be happy that I don't have to go to the laundromat to get them clean and dry.  Of course this does mean I have to get the wrinkled, but dry and clean white clothes out of the dryer first.  But I can do that too.

I will take a shower and wash my hair and I will start gathering my things for work tomorrow, because I know I will feel better then. 

I will love my kids when their attitudes are less than positive.

Here I go.


Lucinda said...

Sounds like a helpful plan -- I should take note for myself!

Lynn said...

Couldn't help but laugh when I read this because I can certainly relate! "In my world", I have been told to "Act AS If" (which is certainly not easy) and that if I can't change the situation then I can at least change my attitude. As you said, it generally works but sometimes I just make the decision to wallow in it. :-)