“Monday Mantra” is a weekly feature, where I share an affirmation or quote that resonates with me that I’d like to try following for the upcoming week. Essentially, I’d like to start the week with positive intent, as an effort to keep those good vibes flowing through the week! You can look at past Monday Mantra posts here, and if you’re not sure what affirmations are, I talk about them here.
Probably a week or so ago I started reading a book entitled You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, after randomly picking a book off the bestseller shelf at Barnes & Noble during a particularly mental-hangry moment (you know the kind, when you just feel like absorbing all the info possible around you). I’m definitely going to do a review, because so far the book is just eye opening. Guys, if you’re out and you see this book, just flip through the first few pages and then try to not buy it. I bet you will. Or you won’t, out of spite (shame on you).
I’m not sure if it’s this rad book making me re-think my life, or just how I’ve felt refreshed after my little jaunt last week, but I really want to take a look at how I react to situations and overall just try to have a more positive attitude. For that reason, I’ve chosen this mantra for this coming week:
More and more lately I’m realizing that there is no point in holding on to something that annoys, upsets, or just overall doesn’t benefit you positively, both in a physical as well as a mental sense. I’m also realizing, that in most cases, happiness is a choice.
Yes, we’re all going to find ourselves in situations that might not be the most favorable or with the most favorable people, but have you ever found that holding on to being annoyed or angry has actually helped you? As a server I often find myself dealing with people who are just downright rotten for the sake of being rotten, but letting them get to me is silly! By adjusting my perception and being able to see that the attitude issues are really something deeper with the customer (or maybe it’s not; maybe it’s a bad day) and not a problem of mine, it’s easier to not let them affect me.
I also think that how I react and interpret a situation speaks volumes about me, and if I find that something upsets me or makes me jealous, maybe I need to look further. Why am I seeing such-and-such this way? What’s causing this reaction from me? Once I can diagnose that, I should be able to let it go and move forward! No one wants to dwell in their unhappiness, right? At least I don’t!