Last Tuesday I posted the beginning of a year-long venture into the attempt of improving myself. You are most welcome to join in the caravan. You can read last week’s post here. If you’d like to read the original post written by Suzanne, you’ll find it here.
This week’s exercise involves creating change within myself. When I first read this, I thought, “Where do I begin? There’s only about a thousand things I want to change.” Come to find out, this is what these 52 weeks are all about. I won’t be changing everything, of course. I’ll be concentrating on inner changes, one at a time. To tell you the truth, I think my exercises are going to last a bit longer that 52 weeks. Such is life.
This Week’s Exercise — Being patient
I think I’m pretty patient with others. I’m not one who yells at someone when they do something wrong or something that I wish they wouldn’t do. I quietly state what I believe is wrong or what I don’t like. Then I leave it alone, not even asking for any reply from the person. I figure s/he doesn’t need for it to be spelled out and as an individual, s/he can decide what he or she is going to do or not do. I’ll let this happen three times before I decide it’s time for me to be assertive. Even then, there isn’t any yelling. It just has never done anything good for me.
Nonetheless, I’ve been told that I have a problem with being patient with myself. Okay, yes, I do expect myself to be better 24/7. I do not understand how I can have so many brain farts. I’m sure no one else has as many as I do. Others say I’m too hard on myself, that I’m a perfectionist expecting myself to know all things at all times. I, personally, don’t think I’m that bad, although I may ride myself a little hard. Anyway, I figured it was time for me to lighten up a little.
For this week’s goal, I have 3 steps to complete:
- Write a positive affirmation that starts out with “I am…”. — “I am patient with myself as well as with others“
- Write the affirmation out on cards or print it out several times on your computer and place them somewhere you will see them each day. — I put a recipe card above my PC, one on the cupboard above where the coffee maker is and one on the refrigerator door.
- List three steps that you are going to take in the next week to begin working on developing this quality.
+ I will stop swearing when I make a mistake.
+ I will smile and take a breath before correcting a mistake whether it be mine or someone else’s.
+ I will find the lighter side of my life every day.
Even though I’m publishing this post on Tuesday, I wrote it on Sunday night after writing out the cards. Hubby thinks I’m off my rocker but that’s okay. He thinks this quite often anyway.
I’ll be visiting some of the others’ blogs who are taking this journey so get the coffee brewing.