Monday, April 16, 2012

Time Out

I am having one of those days where my heart is somewhere else and I’m feeling ungrateful for my 9 to 5 because of the stress headache that came with it from the time I walked in the door this morning. Hubby is at the Boston Marathon out in the sunshine (and occasionally inside a local pub for an air conditioned reprieve) with friends supporting one of our close friends who is running her heart out. I’m in my office staring at a computer screen and a To Do list that is 16 items long and growing as the day goes on.

Before my head exploded, I decided to take a step back and remind myself that:

(1) I have a lot to be grateful for.

(2) Going to the marathon would be awesome but might have stressed my health more than I’d like to admit.

(3) I have a job that pays well enough for me to pay my bills and save a little each month.

(4) This frustration will pass just like every other work obstacle.

(5) I am a midnight hustler because I am trying to change my 9 to 5.

Thinking those thoughts calmed me down and helped me to be present. I closed my door, read my devotionals and got my mind together. Before I opened my door, I meditated (or tried to) for 2 minutes. Then I tried to go once around my gratitude bracelet. The day is not over but thanks to putting myself in time out, I feel better. People may frustrate me but I have a choice to let it ruin my day or to address their concerns and move forward without the baggage.

What do you do when the business/stress of the day gets to be too much?

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