August 29, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to walk away from something time consuming for a while.  I tried to unplug for a couple of days, which was actually nice.  It's a hard thing for me to do because I get really backed up on emails and start to feel overwhelmed when I do check in again.  However, I do think that there's a better compromise.  I think I can check my email a little less often.  It's easy to just sit down when you have a second, but then you can get stuck in that seat for longer than you intended.  Anyhow, it was good to give that all some thought.

This week's challenge is a challenge I posted here over a year ago, but it's a concept I've been thinking about a lot again recently.  So, here's an oldy but a goody :)

This week's challenge is to refrain from speaking negatively about others.  Yeah, that's a big one.  It's so easy to analyze other people's actions and make comments to others about them.  Sometimes it's just a little thing, but my mom used to make us evaluate whether what we were saying was kind, necessary, and true.  Yikes.  That cuts out a lot of conversation :)  For me there's a goal that's even bigger than this that I've been thinking about a lot lately.  I have come to the conclusion that is it really important for us to believe in each other - not to criticize or analyze, but to believe.  Believing in others helps them rise to their potential.  I have witnessed some amazing changes in others when someone chose to believe in them.  

If you'd like to share how last week's challenge went, just tell up about it in the comment section.  And thank you so much for visiting my blog.  You guys all really help, encourage, and uplift me.  


~ko said...

I blogged about a very similar thing today! The danger of comparison, especially as mommas and wives! This week's challenge is coming at a perfect time and I'm excited to take it on! Last week I took a break from the craft room, it was actually really nice and the time I had to invest in other relationships what worth it! Thanks for always challenging us! I love these Wednesday posts!

Amanda said...

In college I had a roommate make crazywrong accusations about me but whn she explained her reasoning I could almost see why she pegged me as the one she thought was responsible. It was so off base that it really hit home giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and not judging. Since then I try to make up maybe reasons for others' weird behavior. Usually driving, I assume someone is rushing to meet a loved one at the hospital. It makes it a lot easier to wish them well and get over it when they nearly hit me. :)

Amanda said...

Oh, and last week I spent naptime playing dolls with my daughter rather than sneaking in some sewing while baby boy sleeps. It was nice. Her giggles made it completely worth it.

Carrie & Johnnie said...

These last few months I felt like something was dragging me down a little. It got worse every time I encountered a friend. Our conversations were so negative. Even trying to change the subject to something light and mellow, she managed to shoot it down. This past week I came to the conclusion that she and I shouldn't be in each others lives. In my life more so. I believe that when a door closes another one opens. And the sun has been smiling ever since. I tried and tried to bring her to reality but sometimes the fight is just not worth it.

Tessie said...

I love this weeks challenge to "believe" in people! Thank you so much for planting this little seed in my head. I feel like I do pretty good not talking negatively about people, but thoughts are harder :) This is a great reminder. Thanks.

Catherine Peart said...

I love this one. I have a younger son who has the unnerving habit of repeating pretty much everything we say privately to anyone....and why shouldn't he? We aren't too bad on the negative speaking generally but it creeps in occasionally and our sweet boy is reminding us to not do it.


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