Monday, March 12, 2012

My Monday Attitude Adjustment

I try not to complain . . . but I woke up pessimistic today.

It actually started last night when the clock said 11:00 pm and my brain said 10:00 pm and continued the argument this morning when 6:00 am was actually 5:00 am.  I had an early meeting so my routine was thrown off again and continued along this frustrating path until the end of my work day.  A crowded trip to the grocery store (forgot two items) return trip (forgot one more) and then the unloading of said groceries did not do much to improve my mood.  I harumphed through several other chores before realizing that daylight savings time gave me one extra hour of daylight.  It was a beautiful day outside of my window.

I looked at the laundry, the groceries, the dinner to be cooked, the dog to be fed.

I laced up my sneakers and hit the road. 

The birds were singing.  Several times I started to make a cell phone call.  I could think of lots of great people to call, but nothing nice to say.  I kept walking in silence. I saw a Bluebird, a bright red Cardinal, a tiny bird (of unknown origin), and lots of Robins. Other neighbors were out walking and we smiled.  I  started to feel a little more like a person. 

I listened to the birds and felt the breeze.  I pushed myself to walk further, and noticed the spring bulbs blooming. Thoughts of my frustrations were replaced by gratitude.  Thankful for the birds, the neighbors, the breeze, the ability to walk, the flowers, . . . Thankful for the time change!

Returning home the laundry, groceries, dinner, and dog all were still there waiting for me.  It's all good, I even felt thankful for my chores.  Optimism was only one mile away, one step at a time.

What adjusts your attitude?


  1. Walks are so great for clearing the mind and helping us to feel present in our own lives. Yay!

    Right now I need a motivation adjustment . . .

  2. I think you hit upon the number one additude adjuster--get outside and get moving. Of course, it helps if it's a beautiful day, and it's springtime, and the flowers are blooming...