Wednesday, September 30, 2009
No Whining Wednesday
Can you believe we've been playing No Whining Wednesday for 3 months now? That's 12 weeks of making a concerted effort to focus on the positives (for one day a week) rather than the negatives. That's pretty damn impressive, mon petite chou-chous! For 1/4 of a year we've all chosen to turn our frowns upside down (okay, maybe not - but we've TRIED and that's the important part)!
My dad told me a lot of shit over the years (seriously A LOT of shit), but one thing he consistently told me is, "what goes around comes around" and he's not wrong. It may not happen immediately, but I've seen it happen enough to believe it's true. It's kind of the same concept with No Whining Wednesday. I'm a big believer in "you get what you give". I can't speak for the rest of you, but for me, I both look forward to and dread Wednesdays. I dread it because I know that I have to watch my stupid mouth and not be an asshole even though it's my automatic response and I look forward to it because I know that all of you are watching your mouths and not being assholes, too!
I want to clarify a couple of misconceptions about NWW for people who've been around since it started and also for new readers (Hi, new readers! I don't know why Blogger doesn't tell me when new people start following, but don't you think that would be a good idea?) who may want to participate, but aren't sure of the specifics. You don't have to be sprinkles and light and not have a bad day. I think I may have given the impression that you have to *only* talk about positive and happy things even if your day sucks beyond the telling of it. That's not true. Just try to find a way to focus on the up-side or find one good thing in that shitty day. Find the good in the situation. Even if you have to really s t r e t c h to find it, I promise you'll feel slightly better (if only for 2 seconds) when you identify the positive spin. Like the cartoon above illustrates, your mood is up to you. Also, I think some people think that by NOT posting about anything positive, they're not playing. So not true! If you're just refraining from bitching about how rotten your day/life is, you're TOTALLY playing! That's really what it's about. It's not about only having a good day; it's about not letting your bad day overcome you or seep into everyone else's day. Does that make sense?
There's a website I found this past weekend that sorta' exemplifies what No Whining Wednesday is about. It's called, "It Made My Day" and it has some entries that are totally in line with the sentiment I'm trying to get across. A lot of the entries lean toward the petty-ish, but a lot of them are about finding the silver lining without being all psycho pep squad about it. Check it out and let me know if you agree. Also, as usual, if you're feeling it, please let me know what good things are going on with you. You have no idea how much I look forward to your happy moments!
Happy No Whining Wednesday!