I have been a pessimist most of my life. Is my glass half full or is it half empty? For me, often I couldn’t find my glass. Having kids changed me for the better. I became less depressed and more hopeful for the future- hopeful for their future. Certain setbacks this year, brought a lot of the pessimism I worked so hard to get over, back into my life.
The last few weeks, however, I have been making a concerted effort to focus on the positives. It’s so easy to let the negatives in life take over and consume you. Each week, I decided to come up with two or three wins. A win can be something big or small. It just has to be meaningful and provide you with a sense of accomplishment. It can be something as simple as getting the haircut you have been putting off for months, paying off a credit card bill, or taking time to catch up with an old friend. A few weeks back, I was super excited that I was able to sign my kids up for a sports camp and swim lessons. This is certainly nothing earth shattering, but I was happy I was able to check these two items off of my to do list.
Its only Wednesday and I am pleased to have three wins already for the week.
1. On Tuesday, I took my three kids to Carowinds (big amusement park) by myself for the first time. There were only two arguments, one meltdown, and zero children lost. This is a huge win in my book. We all came back in one piece and I lived to write about it.
2. A few months back, I submitted my mischievous middle child’s birth story to Love What Matters, a fun website that shares human interest stories. I had completely forgotten about submitting the story, until I received an email from them stating that they had published it on their site. Woohoo!!
3. I received the go ahead from the physical therapist that I have been working with since I injured my shoulder, to slowly resume my aerial practice with a multitude of modifications and stipulations. So for the first time in 6 months and 6 days (but who is counting), I went back to the aerial studio for a static trapeze class taught by my favorite instructor. Although, I looked longingly at the intermediate silks class doing the skills that I “should” be able to do, I truly was thrilled to be back at my happy place. I could have easily gotten discouraged that things that once were easy, were now challenging for me. However, I was just happy to have another chance, even if it means starting over.
What are your wins this week?