Today I was committed to beating myself up with negative self talk.
I was haranguing and harassing myself, replaying old attitudes and declarations of less than, telling stories about ways I had proven myself wrong in the past and would obviously - or so I believed in that moment - continue.
Thankfully I caught myself before it got too damaging by asking this simple question, "What is going right?"
I asked myself that, I Periscoped and SnapChatted about it - and immediately positive feedback started rolling back toward me. People saw eye-to-eye with me and reminded me of what was going right for them.
My question helped shift their perceptions as it helped me.
I sat and wrote five minutes stream of consciousness style.
I figured you might need this, too - so it's your turn. Before you go to sleep today either write something or take a photo of something that fits this prompt.
Take a photo and tag me on Instagram or LiveStream it, tweet me at @juliejordanscot - just one "t" in those places. It's time to focus on what's going well for us. Let's do this!
I used the writing prompt that is at the top of this blog post. Why not read what I wrote here and then write for yourself?
This is what I wrote in a five minute #5for5BrainDump style writing exercise, stream of consciousness style:
So this morning I forgot during the course of going to sleep and waking up I forgot I meant to get the trash to the curb early.
Yes, it is garbage day here on Alta Vista Dr and last week, I blew it and forgot.
This week the trash can was very full, so before went to sleep I told myself, “Get up early! Get the trash to the curb as close to 5 am as possible!”
In the morning Cameron and I spent some time talking to strategize our day – which would be spent accomplishing our separate agendas – and I went to the bank to get cash to distribute to my kids for their needs and felt on top of my game and somewhat smug when I turned the corner on Alta Vista Drive only to be reminded it was trash day and I hadn’t taken the trash to the curb.
It looked as if the trash man hadn’t come yet though I couldn’t be certain and then I did the optimistic thing and took the trash to the curb, anyway.
Forty-five minutes later I heard the rumble of the garbage truck moving toward my house.
Trash collection complete. My optimism won. Something went right!
I also realized I feel better about life when I take five to ten minutes to curl my hair. Such a simple thing, but when I go on scope I feel better somehow when my hair is curled. It might simply be a "girly thing" and if it is I don’t care I just know I feel better about me and it is more evidence of something going right, something going well!
Last night I went to a beer tasting for the first time. I didn’t really want to go. I showed up, though, met some friends, drank some beer with cool names because that’s how I choose beer: no logic, just romance of Dust Bowl Brew or Whatever Ale that was. I didn’t get the Peanut Butter Stout, but my friend did.
Before I got there, though, I had taken a nap and realized “I need to feed Emma and Samuel before I go. Oh no, I don’t have time!” I said as I stumbled toward the kitchen.
I have the vegetarian teen and the growing boy where does he put it all picky eater to feed. I had about twenty minutes to get it placed in the direction of their bellies.
I did it.
Pans twirling, steam rising.
Spinach and ricotta ravioli with Pesto for the vegetarian.
Pancakes and Bacon (the party dinner from early childhood, reborn) for the teen boy.
They were happy and I felt bad ass, even if I got to the beer tasting ten minutes late I was wearing a dress and lipstick. SCORE! More of “what’s going right.”
Now it’s your turn.
Tell me, in five minutes, stream of consciousness style writing, what is right in this very moment (or in your last little 24 hours or so…)
PROMPT: What is going right in this moment is...
What went right before this was....
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