Focus on what you can do

I need to remember to focus on the things I can do, not the things that seem like insurmountable obstacles.

  • I may not be able to control my health, but I can control what I eat and when I sleep.
  • I may not be able to control Quinland or David, but I can control my attitudes and my words to them. I can lift them up instead of tearing them down.
  • I may not be able to control my innate personality traits, but I can control the choices I make each day and how I spend my time.
  • I may not be able to control how others act towards me, but I can control how I respond to them.
  • I may not be able to control the speed at which I make changes, but I can control the effort I put into making them.

I am going to go control when I sleep. I need to stop getting on the computer after everyone else is in bed. That is where danger lies.

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful! that we have a washing machine in the apartment. It is unlike any I have ever seen or used, but I figured it out. I hung my clean clothes on a clothesline suspended from our terrace, with clothespins. That’s how Portuguese I am.

I am going to be fiddling with the “I’m Lighter!” thing for a little while. I am not sure how I want to do this. I know I want to:

  • Keep stress down. Think positive thoughts. – YES. 
  • Laugh and have fun. Spend quality time with people. – YES. Played Agricola at game day with nice people.
  • Use my time well. – YES. Tidied the house, did a load of laundry.  Make realistic choices. – YES. I chose to hang back at the apartment for a few hours to get things done. Then I went to game day at my own pace.
  • Keep my surroundings clean and decluttered and beautiful. – YES. Tidied the house, sorted electronics to figure out what to get rid of.
  • Sleep well. – NO. it is 4 am Lisbon time. Eat well.– NO. Good breakfast, pizza lunch with dessert, snacked on bread in evening. Drink water. – NO. Not enough water. Exercise. – Not really. Walked to and from subway station twice. Medication. – YES.

I am going to try annotating the list for a couple of days to see if I am really doing these things. We’ll see how it goes.

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