Looking at the bright side of life

standard June 21, 2010 4 responses

Over the next six weeks I will take two trips to NYC, will have 9 out of town guests, will celebrate two birthdays (mine and Little L’s), will celebrate one national holiday, and will have to work my regular hours and then some.

To say that I’m a little overwhelmed at the prospect is putting it mildly. But I don’t want to be overwhelmed. I want to look at the good side of all this.

I’m thrilled to see all the people coming. They’re some of my favorite people in the world and I love that they’re coming to see us.

I’m excited to be going to NY, not once, but twice. How fun is that? Not only that, but both trips are kid free, so I’ll really get to have fun in the city.

And yet, to hear me talk these past few weeks, you’d think my summer was going to be Hell.

I’m currently reading Socialnomics, by Erik Qualman, a fascinating book about social media and how it’s changing the way people think and act. One chapter mentions a few case studies about how people have used their social media updates to take stock of their lives and their attitudes. One mom realized that she was always complaining about her kids, surprising seeing as she considered her children to be the highlight of her life. After a couple of days of consciously only posting positive comments her young daughter told her that she seemed much happier.

It’s all about the mindset. A flight is a flight. It’s not stressful in and of itself. A visit is a visit. Again, it’s not stressful or fun in and of itself. And a deadline is a deadline. It’s not… well, you get my drift.

I can go around for the next couple of weeks whining about the stress of work, and travel, leaving the girls, not being home, having to cram visits and work and travel into too short weeks. I can be stressed about it all. I can worry about everything and agonize about how it’s all going to go down. Or I can take a deep breath and decide to see it as a fun adventure, a challenge.

Life is life. It can be busy, it can be full, but it’s up to me whether or not that’s stressful. And really? If I’m going to be losing sleep anyway, I might as well be having fun.

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