Well, I’d be lying if I told you that it’s good to be back from our vacation. In case anybody cares, we had a wonderful time. We tent camped the entire week and managed to work in some other outdoor activities that were both enjoyable and somewhat challenging. We also took a much needed break from computers, televisions and cell phones.
Though mentally feeling refreshed, I must admit that physically I’m a little sore and tired. I’m pretty sure that Linda and the kids feel the same way.
When we go away, typically we are able to let go of our everyday troubles and are quite happy and carefree. Nothing seems to bother us. There are no arguments other than the normal little back and forth banter about what we should have for dinner or whether or not we want to ride bikes or hike instead.
Then on the long drive home Monday, I started to notice a shift in my demeanor. Instead of laughing and talking with my family and with anyone else who would listen, I found myself getting pissed off at inept drivers and slowpoke truckers who were impeding my homeward journey. Perhaps subconsciously I was shifting from vacation mode to having to go back to work mode – and I wasn’t happy about it.
To further my transformation back to “normalcy,” I went to the grocery store to get a few items to stock our depleted refrigerator, and noticed that everyone just looked and acted like they were pissed off. Now granted, the grocery store isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun time, but it just seemed like there wasn’t any happiness anywhere.
In one instance, I was stuck behind two very slow moving ladies so I very quickly steered my cart to my left and passed them in the aisle. By doing so, I made a lady who was in one of those scooter carts stop for perhaps a second to let me slide by (though she didn’t really need to because there was about 15 feet of room to spare). By the glare she gave me and the way that she shook her head, you would have thought I was walking through the store naked. I thought again to myself that this person was not a happy person.
The culmination of these instances gave me the idea for the discussion topic for this week. And actually, it’s also a combination of a couple of forum discussions that we have had recently (Thanks to Jim and LOAF).
For the time being, forget the affair…
As “Jim” put it in his forum post…Put it aside and “consider the day to day things, the little things, that make you happy.” What are they? Please tell us in the comment section.
The second part to this week’s discussion is about being positive. And this isn’t so much a discussion topic as it is a challenge.
Now, I realize that it can be difficult in light of what you may be going through, but perhaps we all can make a conscious effort to focus on the positives in life. Then maybe for those of you who accept the challenge (or have already done so) can report back on how their week went.
To follow the lead of “livingonafence” (LOAF) as she eloquently said:
I’ve consciously decided to have a ‘positive’ week. No being negative, no holding grudges, no pity parties where I’m the guest of honor. This week I’m going to put a positive spin on everything. I’m going to give being a ‘happy’ person a shot for the week. I’m going to actually look at my surroundings and appreciate them. I’m going to get things done, things I’ve been neglecting for a very long time. I’m going to do these things not because they need to get done but because having them done will be a good thing. I’m going to really try to enjoy my life, and I’m sure I’ll be successful. If we start each day with a chip on our shoulder, it will only grow. So I’m knocking that chip off and I’m going to be appreciative of the things that are good in my life instead of letting the things I don’t like dictate my mood.
So that’s it. Anybody in?
Have a great rest of the week!
Linda & Doug