Do you ever read a post and go, “uh huh,” or “yep,” or “mmmm…maybe?” Do you ever find yourself wanting to expand more on a subject in your own blog or life?
I read this post by Katie, and as I read it, the first words that came to mind were, “no kidding.” It brought up memories of students coming back to my desk for the final (or mid-term) oral exam and telling me, “I’m going to fail.” Most of the time, I’d respond, “If you think you will, you will, but you have a choice. What do you want to do with the exam? What grade do you want?”
Sometimes a student would pause, and put forth solid answers. Sometimes a student would give blank answers. Ultimately, the students made their own choices.
In honor of Katie’s post and another Katie’s Feel Good Friday series, I thought about my own life, the positive stories I’m living, and some of the stories I need and want to change. Instead of sharing the “I want to change” and “I’m working on changing” stories, here are the stories that I’m living that bring me joy, that have positively impacted my life, and that have taken patience and courage to make reality.
- I can cook good, healthy, flavorful food and meals that my family enjoys. (This was birthed out of a desire to learn innately how to cook, which challenged me for many, many years. Today, my family enjoys my food and requests meals again. Recipes are often original and I cook intuitively while using references for support.)
- I am able to rest and nap. (In the past, I struggled with resting. I was always on the go in some manner. Now, I’m okay with resting, with snuggling under a blanket, with sleeping in.)
- I am my own Me-Mom. (In other words, I’m Me. I’m Me as a Mom. I’m my own person as a Mom. You get it, right… I’m trying to write this in the positive sense.)
- I am a strong and healthy swimmer. (I am working toward a 4k set again, and my stroke and breathing have improved greatly.)
- I make time for me, just me, during the day. (Oh… it’s a challenge some days, but yes, I do… mostly.)
- I am grateful for my marriage, my family, and my life.
- My husband and I work together well and communicate positively.
- I respect the subtleties of my husband, and let him have the peace and quiet he needs. (That’s a better choice than jabbering and being impatient.)
- I understand what my daughter is saying. (Even on those, “huh?” moments, I really tune in and do my best to understand what she is saying so I can be there for her.)
What positive stories are you living? What are you embracing to make yourself and your life the best you and it can be?