Thursday, December 8, 2011

If you let go a little....

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” -Ajahn Chah

What can you let go of today?

There are plenty of things that we hold on to much too tightly or much too long, and these things drain us of our peace and contentment.

-Being "right"
-Hurt feelings
-Judgemental thoughts

Grudges -
Uff da! Is it helping anyone to hold onto that grudge against your cousin Bella who purposefuly wore the same dress as you to that wedding? No one else remembers, why do you?

Being "right"-
Is it worth it to be "right" if it means arguing with your partner for days? Wouldn't you rather spend that time with your partner doing something fun?

Hurt feelings-
Why waste your precious energy by holding onto hurt feelings? You certainly aren't getting back at anyone by hanging onto hurt feelings; guaranteed the other person isn't thinking about it as much as you are.

Judgemental thoughts-
Treat others as you would like to be treated. Judge others as you would like to be judged. We could never imagine what others are going through, let's cut them some slack.

Yes, of course we need to keep schedules! But, when things don't happen according to our schedule, or the time frame in which we thought they would happen.... Let's stop and think if it's important enough to be upset about. Is it the end of the world that your students needed an extra day to finish up a project and you didn't start that "super important lesson" today?

Are you taking on too much because of perceived power? Let me explain what I mean.... Have you always been the one who designs the Christmas bulletin board in the teachers' lounge? (Yes, something as simple as this!) But this year, "Lynn" wants to put in her two cents and has actually kind of elbowed her way in and taken over?

Ok. Breathe. Remember all of the times you went home and complained to your partner about how much extra stuff you do at school and how no one appreciates it? But deep down you really love it when someone compliments you about your artistic abilities with the bulletin board? Guess what? This is actually a form of perceived power. Go ahead and let "Lynn" run wild with the bulletin board! And take a load off! Maybe it's time to let someone else plan the bulletin board (bake sale, rummage sale, parents' night, etc!).

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” -Ajahn Chah

So.... What can you let go of today?


Barbara said...

I LOVE this post - thanks! Just signed on to follow you. Yay!

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LaProfesoraFrida said...

I'm so glad you liked it!
All of these issues are a daily struggle for me for sure--

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