. Change Your Attitude with Gratitude
It has been almost two weeks now since I got this cold and it simply won’t go away. I am getting “down”, as you might say, watching the piles of paperwork grow, the dust accumulate, and the bathroom dust balls dance whenever I enter. I have a couple more days before this bug is going to leave, I think. What do I do to survive? How will I approach life once my energy comes back? Where will I begin to organize?
As I lay on the couch yesterday resting it occurred to me to quit looking at what wasn’t going right, what wasn’t done, and what I was worrying about and spend just a minute and look at the other side.
1) I have a roof over my head. Some people don’t right now.
2) I have food and clothing. Many people don’t.
3) I am getting better. One of my friends isn’t and probably won’t ever be well again as she struggles with bone cancer.
Make a List for Later
What am I “down” for? I have everything I need. So I will make up a list of what is bothering me, what needs to be done, what I want to do when I get more energy, the cough goes away, and my nose stops running. Then I will number that list 1-1,000 to prioritize these items to suit my situation.
Tackle the List Slowly
I will tackle this list slowing, gratefully, and simply. I won’t have as fancy a holiday season this year. I will take longer to get the house back in shape. I will just keep it simple and in the meantime be grateful that there is a house to clean, food to cook, and that I am getting better each day.
I hope you are well. If you are, be glad. If you aren’t, I hope you will be. I am grateful for life, for having you as my friends, and for being able to share our strivings and struggles together.
Find more helpful ideas in the House of Order Handbook.
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