Today, I will…not get angry

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. ~Ambrose Bierce

angry

Ok, this will be a tricky one.  Short of living in a cave and not going outside, how do you avoid not getting angry or aggravated at something that normally would anger or aggravate you?

So, here’s my challenge for today, no matter what happens to me, I will not get angry.  If someone cuts me off on the road, I will wave hello…with all of my fingers.  If one of my kids or grandkids talk back to me, I will count to ten, smile and tell them that we will discuss it another day (when I haven’t made this silly pledge).  If a coworker does something that I have told him or her not to do ten times over, I will not call them names in my head and wonder why they are still employed, instead I will just explain it one more time…with a smile of course.

I can do this…I can do this…I can do this…

How do you avoid getting angry at something that normally would make you angry?

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Today, I Will…eat what I want and NOT worry about it

Anything that feels good couldn’t possibly be bad. ~Angelina Jolie

eat what i want

Nope, it’s not a major holiday, so I can’t even use that as an excuse.  Nor is it a Sunday, where I sometimes partake in an “eat until you get sick” kind of day with my daughter.  I just want to eat carelessly.

To be clear, I am not overweight, but lately, I have been obsessing over my weight and calorie intake.   I do have a gym membership, but I can guarantee you that the employees at my gym have no idea who I am…lol. Yeah, it’s been a while.

But the bottom line is, today, I don’t feel like eating a salad or grazing on carrots, apples, or nuts.  I want a big bowl of frosted cheerios for breakfast, a burger for lunch, with fries of course, and then something ridiculously unhealthy like a steak and mushroom sub for dinner.  Then, I’m going to have a snack, cookies probably, and then go to bed with a smile on my face.

I’ll stress about it tomorrow. And probably have a bout of indigestion!

Do you have those “eat everything in sight” kind of days…what is your guilty pleasure?

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Today, I will…not worry

A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. ~John Lubbock

worry

I am a mom as well as a grandmother, so I am not quite sure how or if I can even pull this one off.  Isn’t there a chapter in the “book of motherhood” that is solely dedicated to worrying?   Worrying about having a baby, worrying when the baby arrives, worrying about your baby’s first fever, first step, first day of school, teen years, dating, driving, graduating, college, marriage and so on and so on.  It’s endless!

Then there are just your basic worries about life.  Am I making the right decisions now and for my future?  Do I have enough money to pay my bills? What do I want to do with my life? Am I spending enough time with my family? Yikes, it can get overwhelming!

I’m exhausted just thinking about all of this.  Perhaps, today IS a good day to unplug myself; to not worry about anyone or anything.  Of course, I am only postponing it, but that’s ok.

Besides, what I see as a worry today may not be that big of a deal tomorrow.  Right?

So here is my pledge for today:  I will not worry about my family, finances, or my past, present and future.

Today just may end with a large glass of wine.

So what are you not going to worry about today?

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Today, I Will…look at life through the eyes of a child

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~Walt Streightiff

eyes

I count being a grandmother, to my grandsons, as one of my greatest blessings.  I am constantly amazed at how much information they store.  And I love how they take that information and interpret it as they see it.

A couple of years ago, I took my oldest grandson, who was three at the time, to the local festival of trees. For him, it wasn’t about the hustle and bustle of people, the rows of decorated trees, waiting in line for Santa; for him it was about putting the tiny tickets in the buckets, not in hopes of winning a tree, but just to watch them fall in.

If life was only as simple as he sees it….

When you look through the eyes of a child, what do you see?

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Today, I will…make a promise to MYSELF and keep it

 

I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise.  ~Steve Maraboli

 

promise

I don’t know about you, but I am willing to go to the ends of the universe in order to keep a promise I made to someone. So, I wonder why I won’t do the same for myself.  I’m not talking about a new year’s resolution that may or may not have been made under the influence.  I am talking about a promise like giving myself downtime each week.  Being a single mom with a full time job, a fiancé, involved in charity work, a large group of family and friends; I find it hard to find time to decompress.  When I do try, it’s usually late at night which means that I am up late and tired in the morning.

So, today I PROMISE to allow myself to decompress at least once a week.  I am going to shut off my phone, stay off social media, close myself in my room and listen to music in the dark or read a good book or snuggle under the covers and watch a chick flick.

What types of promises do you make to yourself?  Do you keep them…break them?

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