I know I mentioned that I've been handling some stressful situations lately. I have to say that I've been handling it all better than I have in the past. I know we've talked here about strategies and ways to help with anxiety and stress- but as I'm in the thick of it- I started thinking.
This quote rocked my world this week. When I was younger I had quite the temper and I remember the moment I realized this was not going to serve me. Since that time the temper has gotten better- the frustration has not. I am patient between the hours of nine to three and then after that I struggle. I can be short and get frustrated easily at times- and this quote spoke to me for that reason. I feel my emotions physically... a knot in my stomach and sometimes I even got hot. Hot anger. Can you relate?
Almost fifteen years ago I sat at a funeral today. There were words said there that I never forgot.
"Don't believe what you see, see what you believe."
Obviously in that context, those words helped us treasure the thought of angels being among us. To be honest those words still do. That said, I think they can be used in our every day lives just as much as they have been a part of me since that day.
A long time ago I had someone say something to me that upset me deeply. I didn't agree with it- but it unsettled me and caused me so much anxiety. I happened to mention this to my acupuncturist and she taught me some words that changed my life for the better:
"I reject that."
This post is a long time coming. That said, I've struggled with writing it because I don't want to misconstrue my feelings, and in turn, send the wrong message. For the last few years my school is on a kindness crusade. All we promote, all we talk about, is being kind to each other. Sounds great right? I agree it's a great vision- and I'm happy to be a part. That said- I don't always buy into it completely. I've always had something tugging at me that we were actually getting it wrong. And this year- my experiences in blogging have showed me just how right I was to feel this way.