- Don't Make Assumptions
- Be Impeccable With Your Word
- Don't Take Anything Personally
- Always Do Your Best
It's been a couple (five?) years since I read the book and apparently I also bought a deck of cards to use as daily or weekly affirmations/reminders. I think the main concepts were written on cards to make them portable but I'm thinking I could also use them as writing prompts.
And since I seem to have been extra sensitive this week to coworkers' comments, I think I'll start with a card from the Don't Take Anything Personally stack.
- Ignore the Opinions of Others: Whatever people do, feel, think, or say, don't take it personally. Others are going to have their own opinion according to their belief system, so whatever they think about you is not about you, but it is about them.
Good advice to remember I think. Except I have trouble remembering it. Maybe I should put the cards in my lunch bag so I can see it a couple of times a day? Anyone have a suggestion for keeping an intention front and center during the day? Because that's how I see this exercise, as trying to incorporate a positive intention into my daily-ness. And I don't think I was particularly successful at it this week. Hmmm.
Just read this blog and it reminded me of when my girls were little. As we started getting busy with preschool and library story times and all the other things one does as a stay at home mom, I realized I wanted to make sure we took time to slow down and just be, so I tried to have one day a week be "jama day", a day to stay in our pajamas and read and relax and slow down, without doing chores or errands or any of the other things that cause mamas of little ones to stress out and forget the reason we stayed home in the first place. It was nice remembering those days. I know my girls remember days like that even now, despite the fact that they're 21 and 26 years old.
I'll try and get some photos this weekend, despite the weather forecast of cloudy and rainy. I'm still working on the baby blanket squares although I need to quit and work on some washcloths for my mom's Mother's Day gift. I want to make a trio for her in pastel colors, her favorite. So far I messed up the first and second one, so I'm behind schedule. (how does one mess up a washcloth pattern? You'd be surprised how easy it is.)