Tonight my dietitian asked me to find something positive in my world. I was quickly and easily able to rattle off all sorts of positives, yet they ALL had to do with school. There were two exceptions to that rule-- the peanut and the Pup. While they both bring me lots of joy and add oodles of positivity to my world, the rest? All at school.
No matter what happens at school, I find the positive. I look for and find the silver linings. The lessons. The learning experiences. A student fails at a task or project? I help them find the learnings, and figure out what they can do differently to reach a different outcome next time. A colleague feels unsuccessful with an attempt at a new tool or lesson approach? We sit down and find the parts that felt awesome, and build from there. Just today, a colleague tried something brand new, and it only sorta worked. She was not a happy camper, and felt very much defeated. With her team, we worked to remind her of the successes in the experience, the positives.
I'm great at helping others get there, reach the positive place. What about me?
Nope. I suck at it. At least I suck at it for now. (In other words, I'm not there, yet.)
Why is it so hard? I get that I'm not alone in the self-inflicted negative self-talk. I know that many, many others are challenged by this. But I'm talking me, here. And I need to figure out how to shift my perspective.
Example. Horrible stomach ache for nearly a week. Like, bubbly, volcanic eruptions that keep me close to the porcelain throne. After about a half hour (I think, I don't keep track of time during sessions) chatting with my dietitian, she asked me if I still had a stomach ache. Surprisingly (at least to me) it had subsided dramatically. Why? Cause she, like my therapist, has a knack for getting me out of my head. Which I need.
Inside my head, the positive island is tiny, and frequently empty. The negative island is always hopping. Sure, there are a few other islands -- school, pup, Aunt-hood, knowledge, creativity -- but the one I seem to spend the most time on is negative island. (If you don't get the whole island thing, go watch Inside Out. Trust me, it will be worth it.) While my finances and schedule won't allow for daily visits to dietitian island and therapist island, the goal isn't to rely on them for getting
me out of my head. The goal is to take what I'm learning through them
and apply it to me outside of my time with them.
Perspective shift - from my world outside of school is negative and sucks, to my world is full of tiny bits of positive every where I go - is required. If only it were as easy as shifting from park to reverse....
P.S. I did find something positive that wasn't connected to school -- I have a new toothbrush that I love! For me that's big, cause the dentist and I don't get along well, but my teeth and this new toothbrush? Awesome!