Thursday, October 19, 2006

I'm Glad I'm Not...

I was ready to text unpleasant words but my efforts to really control my impulsive responses (thanks to the book that immediately springs to mind – one I’m currently trying to complete, Attitude is Everything) have so far slightly succeeded.

Instead of complaining, I try to look at things in a different perspective – positive, that is. After having had my late lunch and coming in late for the afternoon of work, I opened one of my saved documents and there I found in my I’m-Glad-I’m-Not list written months ago (and meant to be added with more) is the entry: an only child.

Anyway, in one chapter of the book mentioned earlier, I was required to do some emotional exercises. The instruction was this: Make a list of the negative attitudes that may have held you back in the past. Beside each one, write down what you think the source of that attitude might be.

Soon as I began weaving attitudes history, I just went on and on – listing some new things that I haven’t realized or given the right amount of thought before. The author says the only way to really move on positively with life is to acknowledge the past experiences that have molded your life and have predetermined your responses to related situations in the future. I realize the clash of conflicting attitudes of bad and good within me. I recognized that same-mistakes-committed-followed-by-self-forgiveness have become a pattern.

So here I am, in a broad exploration. My reading of life will last a lifetime, but I will try to finish the book later.

Thanks, Michelle! :D

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