A Lesson from Barbie: Screw Bad Days and Move On
I allow small failures to completely derail me. I forget to track my spending, so I quit for the rest of the month. I eat junk for lunch, so I’ve ruined good eating for the rest of the day. I’m in a bad mood in the morning, so I’m in a bad mood the rest of the day.
I stumbled across this nugget or wisdom a few months ago, and it has radically changed how I handle small failures.
“There are no bad days, only bad moments you’ve allowed to become a bad day.”
We all have bad moments. Traffic jams, long lines, kids behaving like … aliens. Let it go.
~Courtney Baker at Man Vs. Debt
Eliminate Regret Forever: Cake, Skydiving And Champagne Included.
You’re probably not going to live to be 100. Build your cake-o-life accordingly.
Why not live every day as if it were your last (or second-to-last, because on my last day of life I’d like to go skydiving and get drunk on fancy champagne)? Every day of your human existence deserves to be as exciting as skydiving and champagne. Every. Single. Day.
Back in college (before my skydiving, champagne drinking days), a lovely professor actually gave me the assignment to LIVE AS IF I WERE DYING. Eight years later, I still credit this assignment to pushing me to move to France and start my blog.
I’m going to give you the same assignment.
~Courtney Johnston at The Rule Breaker’s Club
I Could Do That…Then Do It!
I could do that.
Or so you say.
Yet, you don’t do it.
So, what’s keeping you?
Where aren’t you doing it?
~Craig Jarrow at Time Management Ninja
The big reward of a small act of bravery.
There were three lines open for the station where the guy checks your ID and your boarding pass. The one on the left had 25 people in it. The one in the middle had 25 people in it. The one on the right? It was empty.
Nobody was in the one on the right, which I thought was weird.
I stood there and thought, “Maybe it’s closed. If it’s open, why did those 50 other people go into the long lines? I don’t want to make the wrong decision and get in trouble.” I started to walk toward the long lines but, at the last second, decided against it.
I walked down the entire line right to the front. I felt a little silly passing all those people who were waiting in the other lines. Some of them definitely looked at me. But, for once in my life, I didn’t really care what people thought.
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