Did that quote really come out of MY mouth? Whoops. Well it seems as though weight loss isn’t the only area of my life that requires do-overs every now and then. That post was on July 23rd. Pretty sure starting around, ohhhh, July 24th, the good Lord decided to test me on that. I did not do so well.
I took a look at some of the situations surrounding me that have been a challenge to handle and came up with these rules for myself that should help to keep my mind in check. Maybe they can help you too.
- Even smart people make dumb choices. Acknowledge that sometimes this is the only way growth can happen and try not to get too frustrated.
- People love to point fingers. If you are the recipient of someone else’s negativity, realize that sometimes their own feelings of inadequacy are fueling the judgment they are hurling at you. Try to be compassionate.
- It is possible for you to be wrong. If people are coming down on you, take an honest look at your own motives and behavior before getting defensive. If you’ve acted out of line, don’t be too proud to admit it.
- Everything seems more extreme in the moment. Before you speak or act on something that seems to be high drama, breathe for a few minutes (or days if necessary), pray, and then act out of logic rather than emotion.
- Family members are people too. Try to give your husband, wife, parents, siblings, and children the same objective treatment that you would give to someone who is not a part of your same glorious lineage.
And last but not least, an old favorite makes another appearance:
- Haters gonna hate. Don’t let other people’s opinions of you discourage you from doing what you know you should.
So here it goes. Once again I will determine to not be so cynical. I choose (again) to stop being guarded toward other people, and I (again) will be determined to cheer others up even if I am feeling down.