So, I’m in a bit of a ‘complainy’ mood today. Not the best way to start Lent, I know. I’ve actually been getting lots of all those little things done this week, so I should feel better and productive. Oh well, it will pass I’m sure. Oh, and speaking of Lent. No, I’m not Catholic, but I do try to do something, or more likely NOT do something each year to improve myself in some way. I’ve found a doosy this year. Watching my language. So, I’m sorry but I won’t be able to say someone’s ‘favorite’ phrase for them until after Easter, and I’m pretty sure I should try cutting it out all together. I’m not that bad, but words just sort of start creeping into your vocabulary and before you know it you are using them in what should be completely harmless and normal sentences and situations. It’s only day one and I’ve already caught myself mindlessly using some less appealing words. I know that the point of ‘giving something up’ is not really supposed to be used for things you should already NOT be doing, but for me I hope it is a catalyst that helps me think more about ALL of the things I say and how they affect how I think and how they affect those around me. I haven’t come up with some sort of punishment for when I mess up, and I don’t think I should. I just need to note the mistake, in what context it happened and then work to correct/change my response in that situation. If I come up with some sort of punishment (like no coffee or something), then I’ll start bargaining and rationalizing with myself and that is SO not the point.
Kind of like we are supposed to be aware of everything we eat so that we don’t engage in ‘mindless’ eating, we should do our best to avoid ‘mindless’ talking. At least that’s what I’m going to work on. Does anyone have a good thesaurus site I can use? 😉