In the spirit of being all zen and positive and whatnot, I thought this post would be crazy appropriate for today. You know as we all kick off the year and are full of the necessary energy required to bite our tongues when confronted by totally asinine behavior and/or ridiculous displays of incompetence on the part of some of the "adults" working in our midst?
As you are probably well aware, Mrs. Mimi loves to get her complain on. I will wave my bitch flag whenever I feel appropriate HOWEVER, I am also beginning to recognize the need to chill the F out and find a little zen. To focus on my work, what is important and what I can do to change my situation, rather than scrutinize the crap in which others seem to enjoy wading about.
That's growth, people.
Let's blame it on motherhood, shall we?
Check out this gem of a quote that I discovered over at The Happiness Project back in July:
(Yes, I've been holding on to this baby for a rainy day...)
“A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.”
-- Edward Weston
I shall pause so that you can soak that in. And possibly re-read it because I didn't quite get it at first.
This bit of shiny zen is in sharp contrast to the plaque I currently have gracing my kitchen window sill. That one goes a little bit like this:
"If you don't have something nice to say, sit here next to me."
So you can see that I am making great strides. I think this particular idea is extremely important as we start off our new years full of shiny pencils, polite students (they're still tired from the early morning alarm...just you wait!) and new Sharpies. Perhaps it would be a good idea to look at ourselves and our own flaws and consider ways to improve upon them instead of focusing on how much everyone else sucks.
I'll go first.
I can be a touch judgemental.
(Say it ain't so!)
No, really. I can. So maybe this year I can focus more on giving people the benefit of the doubt. When I feel myself judging, I can try my best to find something else about that person which is positive.
My turn again.
I am too quick to say "no" when faced with something new. I am also quick to list all the reasons that something WON'T work instead of thinking about how I can MAKE something work.
(Is anyone else exhausted?) (Being positive really takes it out of me.)
Clearly, I have some work to do this year. What about you? What are your goals for this upcoming school year? Any fatal flaws you want to own up to and try to change?
I'm off to do a yoga pose or something else painfully upbeat.
PS- Does this mean that I will never again complain? That I will never again poke fun at the ridiculousness that is all around us? Um, no. It just means that those precious moments will be sprinkled with a bit of sunshine and rainbows.