Wednesday, 8 January 2014

"Woe is me is not an attractive narrative"

I think the same can be said for every blogger, pinner and tweeter - we love a good quote. I'm certainly no exception, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon a journal which has one on every page. Not only does this inspire me to write, but also to try and apply it to my day. On Saturday I turned the page and was greeted with "Woe is me is not an attractive narrative".

Imagine my delight as I filled the page with words about how I've had a stress free day, and how the one area I'm really keen to work on is my tendency to wallow in self pity. It sounds as horrible as it is; my worrying is often complimented with a dollop of self pity. No more! 2014 will be the year I catch myself out and train myself to change my way of thinking. I've seen several posts about being grateful for the little things in this New Year and I've always been a big believer in this. From exclaiming about how great the chips are at Honest Burger, to being thrilled I can use a travel card on the bus or just being amazed at how container ships float; I'm forever noticing the little things. From now on I'm going to savour the feelings I gain from doing things I enjoy and not let the negative, sarcastic comments take over and ruin things.

The quote itself could not be more true and is the reason we all feel obliged to answer "yes I had a great Christmas break thanks", because any other answer would illicit a sense of shock and then eventually a switch off - there is only so much our brains can take of another person's moaning about their family rift. Of course this doesn't apply to big things, I'm talking about little everyday situations where little positive thoughts can make a big difference.

So turn that frown upside down, savour the small things and do that which makes you happy.

*Interestingly, the quote is from an article about Obama back in 2010 in the New York Times 

8 comments:

  1. Love it! I hope, no no, BY the end of this year we will both be able to look back at this year and be very, very happy.

    Also, I love books with quotes, I have so many! I don't think this Kikki.k exists far outside of Australia, but I think you would love their stuff, so I highly recommend checking them out. :) It's basically stationary that makes you happy, and where I got my gratitude book from.

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    1. I'm going to check them out right now - they sound perfect to me! x

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  2. Your journal sounds v.cool - I do love a good quote, and this one (nice one Obama) is so true. It sounds cheesy but I'v noticed that when I'm more outwardly positive I feel happier. And I totally agree with you about savouring the little things - I am terrible for fixating on big events far off into the future. Pretty pic btw! X

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    1. Ah thank you! I hope that you feel super happy throughout 2014 x

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  3. Love this! I have been reading tonnes about all this type of stuff recently. Utterly fascinating!!

    p.s I always wonder the same thing about container ships. Wierds me right out.

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    1. We must be on the same wave length! I'm also amazed by planes in the air... x

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  4. I think this is GREAT. It's so true- I find, I am far more likely to offer sympathy to the people who don't constantly moan. The ones who are ALWAYS saying "Oh woe is me!" just tend to wind me up. Maybe that's me being mean, but... I don't know. I think there's always far more positive in situations than some people are willing to accept- and if we focus on this, rather than the whinging, it means we're happier, and the people we interact with are too. YAY! xx

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    1. I totally agree - especially about interacting and making people happier so everyone is a winner! x

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