What's a quote from someone that has stuck with you? That's the writing prompt for Mama Kat's Writing Workshop this week. Here's one of my current favorites:
"If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everybody else's, we'd grab ours back."
I love this Regina Brett quote, because it speaks to something that is so important: perspective checks.
Annoying things that happened to me this week:
- We got water in our playroom and basement.
- My sciatica is acting up.
- It's 40 and rainy, and I don't want to play outside.
"Annoying" things that happened to other people:
- 300 families are still looking for their kidnapped daughters in Nigeria; 300 families lost fathers/sons/brothers in a mine fire in Turkey.
- My friend's parents are going through a divorce.
- Flashback to three months ago: it's -14 degrees and I cannot, in good conscience, play outside.
Hmm...I'll take a musty smelling playroom with a side of sciatica and a balmy 40 degrees. To go.
Let's be clear: it's good and okay to vent. We're human.
But venting and dwelling are two very different approaches to handling situations. I'm still learning the difference. It's putting it into practice that's the challenge.
Recently, my son went through a bad potty training regression. It was very frustrating. I was visiting my parents in Florida, and my dad was staying with my son during nap so that my mom could take me shopping for my birthday present.
Let's stop right there and review:
- I was in Florida.
- My dad was babysitting my kid (for free, of course).
- My mom was taking me shopping to buy me something.
How I had the audacity to be in a bad mood was ludicrous, but I was. Luckily, I realized it. Mid-venting session, I said to my mom, "Okay, when we get to the boutique, I'm done. No more complaining about this." And that's just what I did. Score one for perspective checks!
My husband and I have our own code for perspective checks: "Is it cancer?" While it's rather morbid, this question usually brings us back to reality. The reality that is our too-good-to-be-true life.
What's your code for perspective checks?
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