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Weekend Quote: Our Response

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I’m having a hard time writing this post as the husband pissed me off this morning. I’m not going to get into it, this isn’t the place, but this weekend’s quote is relevant not only to this morning’s situation but so many in my life, including weight loss.

A couple of weeks ago @sassyaztec shot me a link to this blog post, that said…

"My response is my responsibility."

Since reading that line, every time I’ve gotten angry, stressed, sad, whatever, it has popped into my head. I feel a bit like George Costanza’s Dad with the whole "Serenity Now!" thing…

…but much calmer and a little more in control. :)

So next time I find myself snapping when the husband acts like a jerk OR yelling when some guy cuts me off during rush hour OR mindlessly shoving bread in my mouth because the toddler is stressing me out at a restaurant, I will TRY to remember that my response to any situation is my responsibility.

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    workout mommy

    March 21, 2009

    this could not have come at a better time for me. Why do husbands insist on pissing us off on Saturday mornings?!!

    I love George, thanks for the clip!


    March 21, 2009

    Yeah, my husband ruined TWO of my good pans this morning. Why can’t I have one decent pan without him scraping the heck out of it? Sigh…

    Hugs Roni :)


    March 21, 2009

    Roni, your weekend quote reminds me of a quote i shared on BTL last night, here it is again…

    “Dont wish for things to be different, wish that you were better…”

    this quote ironically enough is from a sales training tape but it leapt from the cd into my ears and settled into my thoughts and has stuck there. this nugget of information is so diverse and useful for so many scenarios (at least for me) i.e, don’t wish the stress was gone; wish for better coping skills. don’t wish the husband was more helpful; wish for more honed communication skills to get your point across to him. don’t wish the chocolate would stop “calling you”; wish for strength to make a better choice. don’t wish that the clock would stop preventing you from getting your workout in; wish for more creativity in sneaking in more activity. don’t wish the kids would stop (whining, arguing,etc); wish for the gift of patience. this quote forces me out of the victim mentality and reminds me of the full control and power i have over my own life and that is is all about choices. OH, and i bought a funny metal sign to hang in my kitchen that says “there will be a FIVE DOLLAR charge for whining!” my kids can read now so i can shoot them a look and point to the SIGN! priceless!


    March 21, 2009

    Glad you liked it! I haven’t blogged about it yet (it’s just starting out in draft form…), so maybe I’ll just cheat and link to you. ;) This has sooo been my mantra lately; be it my kids, feeling like I need comfort food, dealing with the recession or being “greener”. It’s really helped me keep myself calm, cool and collected.- kinda I have control over me, and that’s what I need to focus on.

    ~ Lisa


    March 21, 2009

    Are we all living the same day!!! Glad to know I am not the only one who needs Serenity Now!!!!


    March 21, 2009

    Love this quote, and it ties soooo much into my weekend quote, inspired by my little bro (by way of Ben Stiller in Mystery Men) “If you don’t learn to master your rage, your rage will become your master….” (replace “rage” with anything else)


    March 22, 2009

    I like that quote :)

    Often when i get stressed out, I try to think about what that particular moment/situation is teaching me (for example, the drive who is cutting me off is trying to teach me patience…same might apply to a cranky toddler. an annoying husband might be for me to practice compassion). It doesn’t always work, but it does often help! Hope your day got a little better :)

    Krista S.

    March 22, 2009

    Heheh….I often have wondered if you ever get ticked off. I hope your day smoothed out. =)


    March 22, 2009

    Love this episode, and I think I have used this line many times and it helps.


    March 22, 2009

    Great post.
    My fave is always

    “If you can be nice be civil
    If you can’t be civil be quiet.”

    I’ve been ‘quiet’ a whole lot in life…;-P

    Love the responsibilty thing. All actions have reactions….all reactions have consequences. Eating carrots: consequence is good.
    Eating cupcakes? consequences probably not so good.

    Its like the guy who speeds down the highway and gets pissed at the cop writing him the ticket. You don’t want the ticket? don’t speed, but don’t blame the consequence of YOUR actions that YOU chose in free will, on someone else.

    Michelle in CA

    March 23, 2009

    ROFL! OMG I needed that giggle. I have been stressed these past couple of the weeks with lots of stuff and will have to think of this for a laugh! Hope your day ends on a good note :-)