A Month of Less Distraction – Day 17

Posted by Steven Russell on Thursday, July 17, 2014

I seem to be developing a new habit, and that is good. The habit, however, is not the one I planned. I seem to get annoyed at pretty much anything, and then do the breathing exercise to undo the effects of getting annoyed. My plan was to do the breathing first. But I will take this as a step in the right direction. I’m going to try something. I’d like to go a day, an hour, OK five minutes just letting things happen and not getting distracted and annoyed by them. I think they escalate. If I can start out and let one thing happen and completely accept it as not a malicious intent to annoy me, then I think that will be progress. If someone pulls out in front of me, what harm is there in letting it happen? I leave early enough for work that I’m not in danger of being late. If I factor into my day all of the people who will pull in front of me, knowing it will happen, and knowing that my reaction to it will not affect them in the least, and certainly won’t teach them a lesson in proper behavior, but may convince them that I’m the one behaving poorly, then I think I will have accomplished something.

On another note, I got through dinner tonight without eating any bread. And I haven’t had any alcohol all week. The TV is off. The normal position for the car sound system is “Sound System Off.” A few weeks ago I didn’t even know how to turn the sound system off. I haven’t had the air on in the car since Sunday afternoon. The only thing I’ve eaten lately with refined sugar in it is 85% cocoa dark chocolate. I have a few more days of this to find more things to eliminate. Wish me luck. 


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