Scott wrote about affirmations this morning. I remembered a boyfriend I once had. I was sober 2 years, he was sober 15 minutes or something. Every single morning he would sit down and write out affirmations. I thought they were more like a wish list. He would write out things he wished were the truth as if they were - and I guess PRESTO! they were supposed to come true. So here is my list of affirmations for today:
- I am strong and ready for a half-marathon, even though I haven't trained adequately.
- My cold will vanish into thin air!
- Even though I frequently express opinions / ideas contrary to those others hold dear, EVERYONE loves me!
- No one will notice or mind that I come to work late today!
- I look ravishingly beautiful and young!
- Age will have no impact on my beauty or fitness.
OK, sorry about that. Here is the truth, point by point:
- I AM strong, but not adequately trained for my race. I will make necessary adjustments like walking part of the race.
- My cold WILL eventually vanish, but probably not today.
- More people than I could ever deserve love me.
- People may notice that I come into late this morning, but they also noticed that the light in my office was the last one (or second to the last one) on last night as they went home.
- I am NOT going to complain about how I look, because considering the life I have led, it is pretty awesome.
- I am also not going to complain about my aging, because although I complain about not being ready for a half-marathon, I CAN do it, and for a 57 year old, that is A-OK.
I think this is called an attitude adjustment. Without the second half though, it would just be a fantasy. Fantasies might be good for movies or novels, but they will never work as the basis for a good life.