Sad Music, Dark Literature and Positive Thoughts 2

Art helps me to reconcile my past whilst my goals push me into the future

Starting to rely on myself

Last week, I wrote how I have begun to feel that I can start relying on myself.

An example of this is that I am blogging this week in spite of being booked for a late night of Thursday working for one of my employer’s larger clients.  This might not sound much of an achievement.  However, it was late night working for this same client during the course of last year which first interrupted my regular weekly blogging as a few of the jobs for them were on a Thursday night which, at that time was my routine blogging evening.

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“Success kid” Sammy Griner was used to help his father find a new kidney

I’m starting to rely on myself as I am starting to manage my time a lot better.

One thing that has really helped is to stop focusing on end goals.

Traditional goal setting was not working for me.  I found that setting a goal meant that I drifted away before reaching a goal post.

Now I have found that creating a daily routine which will help me work towards my aims is working.  My goals now are to complete my daily routine items for ten consecutive days and I reward myself each time i achieve this.

I am finding myself getting healthier, dealing with emails and paperwork, studying towards a qualification, doing things around the house and more.

I didn’t think of this myself but read about it on this blog post by this blogger James Clear.

I’m starting to believe that I can do some of those things that I wished I was capable of but never believed in myself enough to achieve them.

Hopefully, in the years to come, you will share in my success.

I hope to share in all of your successes, too.

The Return of the half-Jamaican blogger

This past year has been a disappointment for many.

You may be tempted to muse on what are the tragic circumstances to which I allude.

Is that Harry Scriven chap acknowledging one of the various referendum or election results that have occurred around the world over the last twelve or so months? Are these the source of tragic disappointment that this blogger is referring to?

Or maybe, you might think to yourself, Harry is completely mad and is crying over the sporting failures of some sporting hero of his?

What if Harry’s favourite television show stopped transmitting and he has trouble coming to terms with this loss?

The first thing for me to write here is that I should stop speaking about myself in the third person. It’s annoying to read if I do it too much, I suspect.

And anyway, the answer is no to all three of these possibilities. Sport and television don’t bother me too much, and referendum or election results need to be accepted whether you agree with the results or not.

So what is the cause of this disappointment to the masses?

Well, of course, few people have been able to cope with the absence of my once regular weekly blog posts.

Okay, I am joking about the importance of my own blog posts.

me again

My return is complete – let’s all drink to that!

I was a little nervous about the quality of my first posting on my return to regular blogging.

Although I have kept myself connected with social media through sporadic Tweets or the odd Google+ output, I especially worried about the quality of my first longer weekly social media posting for several months.

Will I be able to post something remarkable enough to announce my return to the regular blogging world?

I am confident that this post will result in one of the following three scenarios:

  • This post will become an essential text to the British English Literature school curriculum
  • This will be one of the written outputs leading to my being short listed for the Nobel Prize for Literature
    or
  • This post will get a few likes and maybe a comment or two

In a number of ways, life for me is the same as it was last year when my posts started to become less frequent. My family situation is the same as it was then and I’m still driving the same beaten up third-hand car. A few of my life priorities have been amended over this time but you will find me much as I was before.

I write that little has changed, but I also think that I am more reliable now than then.

And how do I quantify that my reliability has increased? Well, now I am starting to feel that I can rely on myself which is something that I have ever felt previously in my life.

So, I might even spend the second half of my life actually liking myself.

Maybe that will be reflected within the contents of my future blog posts.

Returning to weekly blogging…

Sorry, I had trouble finding an image for this post.

The summary news is that I will be blogging pretty much weekly again, hopefully posting on Thursday as previously.

Next week I’ll explain what has changed and why this is again possible.

Ooh, that all sounds a bit cryptic but it’s likely less exciting than this may sound.

Hopefully, I can catch up with a few of my friends who I followed before.  Also, hopefully, I’ll get acquainted with some new WordPress folk.

Anyways, chau for now (that’s the Latin American spelling on purpose!)

A quick post…

It’s all a bit hectic at the moment.

Who was it who decided that there would only be twenty four hours in a day?

I’d settle for twelve hours if each hour had three hundred minutes.

I’m struggling to schedule in time to even eat.

Oh well, I think that means that the world still needs me around.

I’ll post something much longer next week.

Sometimes, it’s a matter of perspective

I am not going to write one of those inspirational blogs posts telling you to be positive before adding life is what you make of it and that positive thoughts conquer all.

You know those posts that I mean.  Those posts based around those little play on words to convince you that a great attitude will change your life for the better.  Something like there being a mile in each smile…anything like that.

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My printer problems were due to first the orange followed by the red segments of the pie chart.  Hmm, pie…

I don’t think that life can be improved by telling yourself to look on the bright side of anything.

But, please don’t get me wrong.  I do believe that you should try to have a positive attitude because, if my own experience proves to be typical for everyone, you will find life a little more bearable and a little bit more enjoyable.

A better perspective on life certainly reduces your stress level.

This week, a number of things seemed to be going wrong for me.

It has been a great week to look at my World Vision calendar by my bed and read the month’s thank you message from one of the children my contributions have helped.

This month, eleven year old Ayesha is thanking me and all the other Raw Hope contributors for her school equipment.

I imagine for one moment the life that she leads and then realise how insignificant my own problems are.  How thankful to God I should be that my life is so free of trials that I have the luxury to waste time feeling aggravated by my printer playing up or the apparent fault with my mobile telephone SIM card.

So, thank you Ayesha, I have been able to face my problems with more serenity and a better perspective of how unimportant these niggles in my life really are.

Positive thoughts have not improved my life this week.  Little things have kept on happening, a new issue shrieks at me every day it has seemed.

Thinking positive thoughts has led me to feeling a lot less stressed, instead.  Thinking positive thoughts has led to my being an easier person to live with over the last week or so and left me better able to enjoy the next week when things go well for me.

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