During a snowstorm on Sunday, we lost our phone, TV and internet in the middle of the night.
On Monday, we finally scheduled a service call, after trying everything we could to reboot our devices. As the weather in New York has been pretty treacherous these last few weeks, there was a long wait for a technician to come to the house.
Finally, today was the day!
While I waited for the technician’s arrival, I found myself sifting through old paper files and appointment books. I found a calendar from 2004 with a list of all the things that I was grateful for (luckily—it was pretty long), and another list with 17 things in my life I wanted/needed to change.
It surprised to me to realize that I had successfully changed 12 things on that list over the last 11 years. I also realized that 2 of the items will never change, which left me with just 3 things on my list–a very short list indeed!
However, at first, I just focused on the 3 items I hadn’t changed. I felt disappointed at myself.
And then, I stopped and realized the importance of achieving the other 12.
I went from criticizing myself to savoring the moment, to celebrating who I am and how far I’ve come.
It’s funny how easily we can focus first on what’s wrong, and not applaud what’s right.
We all need to take time and realize that we are much more accomplished and successful than we ever give ourselves credit for. To take time to reflect on what has changed for the good, and to celebrate who we are, and how far we’ve come.
Sometimes, it’s not just our devices that need rebooting.
It’s our self esteem as well.
Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan