I thought that was such a good idea that I'm implementing it in my own life. There were some disappointments last week and frankly, I'm not tolerating the snark and funky attitude anymore. I try to be a positive person, but what you allow continues, and clearly it's time to enforce some boundaries. So I'm following suit: I only left the house when necessary over the long weekend, I wrapped up my writing goals for last week and the weekend, and after updating this blog I will take the rest of this week off writing. Social media will be limited to what's required to meet the requirements for my publishers and already-scheduled posts for promotion in progress.
I need to pray, think, meditate, and consider the wisest way to move forward. I know that's vague and I'm sorry, but I don't think it's good to give these petty things time, space, or attention to grow. The point is to snuff this negativity out of life and stay on a track of sowing good seeds for the hope of a better present and future.
Frankly, I think we need to go into lockdown again - or rather, timeout. The world has done mad, and people need to drop out, heal, and think. It's absolutely impossible to get better if you don't give better, but we don't seem to get it. I don't know how far we have to fall until we hit that "bottom limit" where we can't take it anymore. I'm ready to see some light in life. I don't understand why others aren't.
I think it's best for me to copy the idea of the break so I can do my own evaluation and reset. We should all probably do that from time to time, even if it's only to make sure that we're still on the track that we want to be on. I can't do it literally, as I've already taken my vacations. But I can take a "personal lockdown" to pray, meditate, and consider whether adjustments are needed on the course I've set. When I said I wanted to "do better" for my New Year's Resolution, I meant it, and I haven't forgotten it. I'm still as dedicated to that goal as I was on January 1, and I've seen too much progress to forget it now.
I have a sign on my cubicle wall at work that reads "Don't wish for it; work for it." I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer, but you also have to do your part. I'm not sure where these recent frustrations came from, but I don't want to fall prey to them. I'll be darn if I'll let the devil drag me down to the lowest common denominator of this world and ruin my progress. Heck, my goal is the opposite: I'm trying to be a light toward a better path, not just for me but for everybody I cross paths with. I need to figure out how to properly manage these "distraction demons" so I can not only break on through to the other side, but show others how to do so as well.
Take care, and have a great week.