I love people watching. I love hearing people sharing their stories. And I love learning from conversations. Other than the infamous one time, I have never interjected into another conversation. But boy do I learn from them.
So I was stuck on an elevator that was uncomfortably packed going to the 12th floor. Two women were deep into their conversation despite rubbing elbows with total strangers. The younger of the 2 women kept said “I just don’t know what I want to do. I don’t want to get a job.” She then proceeded to give a laundry list of what she was not. “I am not good at science. I am not good at cooking. I am not good with computers.” It was amazing how many things she was able to rattle off in our 90 second journey to the 12th floor.
An hour later I was able to take a much needed lunch break. My fellow coworkers were watching a horrible COPS TV show in the staff lounge, so I took a napkin and started doodling and writing. Writing has become such a creative, positive outlet for me.
I used the elevator prompt… I am not.
I am not a fan of black licorice.
I am not a drawer.
I am not the reader I want to be.
I am not traveling this summer like I really wanted.
I am not the athlete I once was.
I am not a homeowner.
That’s when I put down my pen. You see this writing prompt quickly took me to a place of rumination within a mere 20 seconds. I had 23 minutes left of my lunch and I wasn’t going back out to work with a piss poor attitude. So I changed my writing prompt to… I am.
I am wonderfully made just as God designed me.
I am living a more intentional and grateful life.
I am blessed with health.
I am able to work Part Time for the first time in 17 years as a nurse.
I am a good mom.
I am a lover of adventure.
I am good at praying for my friends and strangers.
I am a lover of Psych, Jimmy Fallon, and Sports Center.
I am reading more this year than I have the past 5 years combined. Progress.
I am sarcastic and love a great comedy and belly laughs.
I am a fan of pedicures.
I am awesome even though I don’t want to believe that at times. Yes, I am awesome.
It was time to clock back in at work and take care of patients. If I had stayed the course with the “I am not” prompt, I would have returned with a less than stellar attitude. Instead I chose to change course, adopt a different perspective, and I returned to my shift with a full belly, napkin, and heart.
What do you do when you start down the wrong course? I would love to know your tips. Take a second and write down 10 things that you are right now. You won’t regret it.
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny
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