Today I woke up so crabby I could hardly stand myself. I pulled out my spiral trying to write myself into a better mood. However, visions of incompetence, self-doubt and terror danced in my head so instead, I had a conniption fit all over the page. All I could do was cry and write, write and cry. I judged everything about my past, my present, my future. I clobbered myself with all the could-a, should-a, would-a’s: I could-a done that but didn’t…I should-a known better…If only I would-a done things different…
Then, I went straight to: no one is gonna hire you, you will never have enough money, they’ll take your house, your truck, your dogs will leave you and you’ll end up living in a box.
Topping things off with- I am so fat!
My sweet dog, Bo, sensed my tension. Even as she put her sympathetic paw in my lap, I could feel it-even she thinks I’m crazy.
All this took place before 6:00 am.
I know what you are thinking: who in their right mind, believes this woman, who has clearly lost her’s, has the ability to motivate me to lead a Thriving Life? I mean, even her dog thinks she’s nuts?
But then I started thinking…I can’t be the only one who starts off their day on such a “high note”? Which means, we can relate.
You see, even though I had an “off morning”, I did some things to pull myself out of my stinkin’ thinkin’. And SO CAN YOU. Here’s what you do:
Walking is like Liquid Plummer. The movement dislodges the gunk stuck up in my noggin’. Serotonin kicks in and allows me to process my situation in a positive light. When the craze clears, I am able to get myself into a state of appreciation.
- STATE OF APPRECIATION
Appreciation is the ability to recognize, take pleasure in and enjoy the people, places and things in my life. I think about the good qualities in myself and others. Some days are tough but there is always something good in everyone. Now, I am able to see the worth and value of opportunities and experiences that have come my way, both good and not so good.
I can be the Queen of Procrastination and often live by Scarlett O’Hara’s motto, “I’ll think about that tomorrow”. After my morning meltdown, I realized I was crabby because I had a writing project to do and I was out of tomorrows. It was time to get busy but that scared the bejeebers out of me. I fought myself tooth and nail. But once I sat down to write, the juices began to flow. Taking action gave me peace of mind and wha-lah, I finished my project. Sometimes you just gotta do it to get through it.
Stinkin’ thinkin’ could be your mood of the day and make you, your dog, and everyone else believe you have lost your mind. But taking a walk, entering a state of appreciation and taking action now gives you peace of mind and helps you lead a Thriving Life.
Remember, if I can do it, SO CAN YOU.
Question: Have you ever experienced stinkin’ thinkin’? If yes, what do you do to get back on track? Did it work? Let me know.