Monday, September 21, 2009
I've found that it's easy, sometimes, at least for me, to be grumpy. And it feeds itself. Same with being happy.
There was a great line in an early John Cusack movie, Say Anything, when he says to his older sister, "Why can't you be in a good mood? How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?"
So I've decided to choose to be happy. Be in a good mood, Be positive. Be . . . nicer.
Now, that doesn't mean I'm going to let people walk all over me. Or turn all saccharine and PollyAnna-ish. Or lose my sense of humor. But it does mean I'm going to work on being nice when it's not my natural, initial response. That'll be the challenge. I'm going to lead with happy.
You know, when I first started working out at the gym a year ago (again), I was reminded that it takes 21 days of a certain behavior to turn it into a habit (I think it was twenty-one). So, I'm thinking maybe after three weeks (or so . . . I'm likely to miss a day or two), I won't have to coach myself (as much) to lead with happy. I'm also hoping this works better than that Special-K two week challenge to lose a jeans size.
I'll still be urging you all to be "Full of Grace" on Tuesdays, and embrace every Friday by being "Loving and Giving." And I'd love to have you join me in my 21 Day Challenge (which, if it becomes a habit . . . as it should . . . will no longer be a challenge but simply a way of life to lead with nice. Especially when it's hard.)
I'll report fully on my successes and failures. I hope you'll do so too!