Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Affirmative Tuesday

In an effort to find the special and good in my life, I'm going to stick with my Affirmative Tuesday posts. Last week I introduced this as a way to try and combat my dislike of this day of the week and use it to cast a positive light, Stuart Smiley version. I'm leaving him in last weeks post, but here's five new things to feel positive about as I start my second weekday.

  • DS initiated a call on Saturday and we talked for over an hour, still talking when DH came home. I handed the phone to him and they talked another 30 minutes. Our son is a talker once we start in a conversation, but often we hear from him first only when he has specific questions, or perhaps needs something. To call us just because, is rare. He sounded healthy and happy, hoping to get to the Malibu beach on Sunday.
  • DD1 had an interview for a possible new job, or rather a series of three interviews with multiple people over the course of three hours. It sounds like it went brilliant.  However, it took her little more than the first set of questions to realize the job would be nothing she wanted, all the boring parts of her current job, rolled int a typical 8-5 desk job. She left the interview, called me, and reported that she is more invigorated into doing more of her own projects and work on the side, while keeping her current, while grossly underpaid, interesting job that includes travel, flexibility, and a five minute commute. I was so happy to hear she will continue to follow her passion, and not a money trail. 
  • While sad, it was lovely to see my extended family at my aunts service. More wonderful was hearing the beautiful tributes to this sweet, soft spoken, and remarkable women by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I owe her a whole post, but for now, I am so appreciative that she was part of my life and I will strive to follow her as a role model for inner and outer peace. 
  • I am thankful for living in a supportive community. I had an opportunity for a long catch-up with a woman I knew over 35 years from school as we were cleaning up, then waiting for the concert Friday night. We shared reflections on the recent tragedy's in the community,  our shared desire to keep our community and schools a place where children and teens (and out neighbors) know people care about them. 
  • I had another Sunday of calm with my small nuclear home family. While not every weekend seems to be one to refuel, I treasure the last few that have a given me the mental energy to make the most of the following week.
 I let my body wake me up instead of the alarm, sleeping a well needed extra 40 minutes today. Now though, I need to get into the shower and get to work. I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday, and we'll catch up soon.

12 comments:

  1. Love that you are doing this on the day of the week that is typically hardest for you! I had to laugh about your comment regarding your son...MY mom always says the same thing about my brother only calling when he needs something! =) I'm glad you found solace in your aunt's service as well.

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    1. Trying to break my Tuesday blues-not sure if it is helping yet, but going to keep it up.

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  2. I hope you had a fabulous Tuesday! We often only hear from our young adult kids when they need something too, only the older 2 (23 and 25) call occasionally just because. I think it is fairly natural, especially in young men.

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    1. My hubs has always been good at calling his mom, but I now admit, I probably wasn't the best role model. Granted, my parents lived close by, so calling on the phone was a bigger pain due to hearing issues, that just going to see them. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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  3. Having an affirmative day is a great idea! It is funny because I will call my mom (even though we only live 20 minutes away) just because, but I know that if she hears from my brother or if I hear from my brother it is because he wants something. LOL

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    1. I hope I keep the mind set to continue. It is useful to me to sit back and think about how many good things surround me-ordinary, but good things.

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  4. I understand that posting positive things may not chase the blues away, but I am finding that concentrating on the best thing that happened each day has made me keenly aware of how much good I have in my life vs. the not so swell parts.
    I also get where you are coming from with the call from your son. I rarely hear from Son3 unless he needs something "right now". Son2 lives in town at the moment so I actually see him on a regular basis and Son1 calls often while commuting just to talk. (Son3 was a caboose kid so he is much younger than the older 2)

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    1. My third is a caboose as well-we call her the bonus. I would like to think my son doesn't just see us as a "get out of jail free card" (just an expression-no worries, but I think he just goes about his business and doesn't think, how long it has been since he connected.

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  5. Excellent idea Sam. It also gives you a record to read back again. I've been noting down three blessings per day...even on a bad day I've made myself do it and I definitely feel sunnier for it.
    Arilx

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    1. Today was the visitation for the father of my daughters show choir friend. If that doesn't put into perspective how many blessings I have nothing will. I've loads more than the five I put in today's list.

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    1. It's actually common to have Tuesday's be a persons down day. The refreshment form the weekend is over and the work week is still pretty far fro another weekend. For me, I recall, con incidence only, a lot of things that sucked happening on Tuesdays, so developed an early dislike, and just try and get through the day quickly. Irrational, probably.

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