A Change of Perspective +Meatless Monday

by admin on August 1, 2011

Today has been…well…let say interesting.  Nothing about it has been bad; in fact, most of it has been pretty good, but it seems that a week and a half before an out-of-town wedding followed by a long, far away honeymoon just takes more work than I expected.  I also got particularly frustrated today working on our slideshow.  I was talking to my mom earlier (who happened to solve my slideshow woe.  Thanks, Mama!) and I was griping about who-knows-what and even said, “I realize I’m choosing to be frustrated about this, but still…insert rant here.”

I eventually got so fed up with everything that I decided to take some me time.  I closed my web browser to get rid of blogs and email, closed all the to-do lists on my phone so I wouldn’t think about them, and announced to anyone who I suspected might text or call me, “For the next hour and 15 minutes, if you’re not my dogs, my audiobook, or my bed, then you have no place in my life.  You can talk to me again after 5.”

I came out of this time feeling fairly refreshed: less stressed, loving my audiobook and my dogs, just all around better.  Then I opened my computer and saw my inbox.  The case of the crabby Katy returned.  Awesome.

I decided to tackle about half of the emails before heading to Whole Foods to grab the ingredients for my Meatless Monday dinner and take care of the rest when I got home.  Let’s just be honest here, I still wasn’t in a very pleasant mood.  I was pretty much just ready for bedtime.  At 5:30.  So?

Then I got in line to check out at Whole Foods and this man behind me was on his phone using bluetooth.  “You’re not ready for dinner yet?  I thought you’d be hungry,” I hear.  “No, no, don’t worry about it, I don’t tell you when to eat.  I’ll see you at home.”  I’m convinced that this man is loudly talking to himself in line at Whole Foods.  That’s how my mood has been today; the rational idea that I see no phone because he’s using bluetooth doesn’t even occur to me.  Naturally, the man talking without a phone to his ear must be hallucinating that there’s someone in line with him.  Obviously.

But then, out of nowhere, he snapped me out of it.  He said, with an uncanny spunk in his voice, “Where’s all the energy in this line?”  The cashier looked at him awkwardly and said, “Uhh…I’m at work and they’re ready to go home and eat.  Not much energy here.”  To which the man, who it turns out isn’t schizophrenic (at least not as far as I could tell) replied, “I’m just full of energy waiting to eat my dinner.  It must just be my perspective.”

Lightbulb.  

When I was in middle school, one of my teachers handed out little laminated paper light bulbs whenever a student really understood a concept that had confused him before.  I loved getting light bulbs.  I deserved one of those at Whole Foods today, thanks to the crazy man I thought was talking to himself.

I wasn’t just cranky; I was straight-up bitchy.  I had been all day long.  Entirely by choice.  Nothing bad happened and I’ve been far more stressed out than this many times.  I just decided at some point that I wanted to be in a bad mood and I stuck with it.  I choose how I look at the world everyday.  I chose to look at it negatively today, and I’m choosing to look at it differently tonight.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Marinara Sauce and Sage Leaves

I’m not focusing on the fact that this sweet potato gnocchi tasted like crap.  I’m focusing on the the fact that this marinara sauce was SO good that I may never make my own fresh marinara again.  Major find!  I’m also choosing to be thankful that I had the foresight to think that packaged sweet potato gnocchi might suck and also got some fresh veggie gazpacho just in case.  I’m not focusing on the stress of the wedding tonight; I’m reminding myself that I get to marry my best friend in a week and a half.  And I’m certainly not stressing over details of the honeymoon, but I’m absolutely choosing to keep in mind that, in two weeks, I’ll be with my husband in paradise.

What perspective are you choosing today?

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reads recipes runs August 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Way to turn your day around! I know sometimes it is just SO HARD to snap out of a bad mood. I was in one for about three days haha. My poor husband. When wedding planning gets stressful, just start thinking about something fun you’ll be doing on your honeymoon in X days. It makes it so much easier!

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Lee August 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

I often have to tell myself that I choosing to have a good day at work on my way in. Often, I just have a bad day for no reason.

Wedding planning is stressful. I got married a little over a year ago and I remember the stress well. But you will get through it and your wedding will be great and then you’l have a wonderfully relaxing honeymoon.

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Carol @ Lucky Zucca August 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Good for you! What a great attitude to have! Life is all about choices, and our attitude toward things is certainly one of those choices. I’m glad the dood in the checkout line was able to help you out on a rough day! Plus, at least you realized you were being cranky by choice! Most people rather just blame it on external things. I think you’re doing great! I hope your food today was tastier than the gnocchi (PS thanks for telling us it wasn’t good because I sure would have scooped that up if I didn’t know!)

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