Confession Time: It Ain’t All Roses…

(I was going through some old post and came across this one – I updated it since it is still relative to today! I am not at my “corporate job” and I now work for myself, by the message still applies!)

An interesting thing happened to me at work today. Although I just got back from time off from the office (otherwise known as the weekend!), it was like I never left. The emails, the meetings, the miscommunications, and misunderstandings all seem to come to a crescendo today. In the middle of it, I went crazy. I started criticizing people, complaining, carrying on, and just carrying on in the most negative way.

At that point, a friend with whom I work said, “Wait a second, Mr. Positive, are you allow to say these things?” I replied, “most certainly? This is crazy! I can’t believe they are saying this and doing that, blah, blah, blah… I got caught up in the moment and then it hit me. One of my favorite quotes came to mind:

“When you complain, you become a living, breathing crap magnet.”

And it was true. There were still a lot of really good things happening around me, but I was impervious to them because I was focusing on the complaining and getting all the crap with it. The best part about all of this is that once I decided to think differently, things just turned around. The situation was much better. I was in a better place. All because I chose to change the way I was thinking. You are not a result of your circumstances! You have a choice every step of the way!

How can you change the way that you are thinking about something? Will that change your situation? I bet it will!

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru


  1. jeannedowell on July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Love it Paul!!!! Thanks for your honesty.

    • Paul on July 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      You are welcome! I think it is important for people to realize that it is human to feel this way! It is all about how people react to it. I read an article that said to literally set a timer for 5 minutes to let you deal with the emotions. To really feel it. Once the timer dings! – time to move on! Focus on the positive aspects of the situation.

  2. Michele on July 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

    LOL Paul. Great article. Making that decision to step out of those feelings is really a choice….if only I’d known I would have left them behind long ago!

    • Paul on July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      It is never too late to start, Michele! Enjoy!

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