Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dispositions

Today's whiteboard quote:

"I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."
~Martha Washington

That said, today is not one of my best days.

I can feel annoyance simmering right there, under the surface, primed and ready to rear up and rip someone's head off.

(figuratively, of course)

At times like these, I have a little system that I use, and that, when I actually do it, bats 1000.

First, I take a few deep breaths and have a moment of contemplation, wondering what the heck is wrong with me. Today, the answer to that is my feeling of stagnation. I just churned out that paper and was doing everything at a (needed) breakneck pace, and now things have slowed down a bit, and I'm having to wait on other folks (and their busy schedules) in order to meet my goals, and it's rough on me.

The next question is - in my estimation of what the ideal Charis would be and do, what should I do with my time now? (in other words, what would she do?)

So, I sit down with my little notepad and schedule out my day, including all of the things that she'd do (with a cheerful smile of course - remember, this is a perfect world that I'm going off of here).

And for the rest of the day, the focus will be on the list. I know that if I leave the moment-by-moment decisions up to me, ain't nothin gettin done.

Wish me luck! And I'll work on that disposition! (crossing off lists makes me happy, so I'm thinking my mood will be steadily increasing from here on out, as now I can cross off "blog" :) )

2 comments:

Lyryn said...

Wow... totally need to hear that today. That quote is so true!

Praying for your spirit to be lifted today!

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

great quote!!! sucks when we can't get done what we need to on the account of people. jeez the inconsideration. is that how you spell it? for today, we will go for it.

i am glad that someone else puts down what they do from dawn to dusk on a note pad!!! hope the rest of your day goes great girlie!! keep happy!!!!!!!