My Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff desk calendar taught a good lesson this week, spread out over the last few days. Thought I’d share it here for your benefit, too. 🙂
It said (in summary):
To become a less reactive, happier person, remember the three R’s:
Act appropriately to the actual issue at hand, NOT driven by habitual, knee-jerk reactions.
Maintain perspective and choose the best course of action, given the unique situation
Factor in the given variables into the equation, don’t just do things “how you usually do”
Means being open to ideas and suggestions
It’s the OPPOSITE of being close-minded and stubborn
Have a “beginner’s mind” (i.e. a willingness to learn and willingness to receive new data, ideas, etc.)
The ability to see things fairly, without self-serving justification clouding our vision
Be able to see your own contribution to a problem
Willingness to listen and learn from other points of view
Includes the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others- see the bigger picture, maintain perspective. (*I especially like this one!)
I thought this was a great little lesson. A great reminder of things to keep working on.
In other misc., I took a wonderful walk yesterday morning. I’ve been just loving these 20 minute morning walks (usually with a podcast on, though sometimes I just soak in the day).
I’ve mentioned before, I usually go right before the boys wake up and start getting ready. It’s the perfect transition from the quiet time I spend in my office first thing, drinking my tea/ planning my day/ email checking/ blogging/ and/or working…
I feel refreshed and happy to greet the boys when I’m back and can enjoy talking with them during breakfast.
I felt like the morning was especially beautiful yesterday:
Asher also had another cross country meet yesterday. I had to pick him up from school a little early to make it out to the park! It was a hot day- 80 degrees at race time- but he ran a Personal Best time! I think cross country wraps up by the 2nd week of October, and I am sensing that he will be very SAD and miss it.
He again wanted to stay after his race finished to watch the girls’ race take off. He and another boy ran all around the course to yell encouragement at the girl teammates at different locations as they went by. 🙂 It was really very cute! Love the supportive feel on this team.
Thought of the Day:
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. – Suzy Kassem
I am grateful for farm fields. What a BEAUTIFUL drive through rural Wisconsin we enjoyed out to this park! So close to home, yet roads I’d never traveled before.