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Recurring problem in life...

I feel older and crotchettyer each year. Like every year is a spade of dirt in a hole marked "negativity", and I'm standing in it whilest digging it. This really needs to change, somehow, but I can't figure out how. I've got less patience and a sharper tongue than I ever have before. Some of that is situational depression and stress, but some of it is just a rut I've given myself permission to fall into. Must work on this, "unpleasant" is never an adjective I'd want used against me.


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Jun. 9th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Creative expression
One of the great pieces of advice I have received from Sarah Ban Breathnach's inspirational daybook, Simple Abundance is: If you must complain, at least be creative about it.

When I begin to feel the same leanings myself, and I want to distract myself from the knee-jerk tendency toward negativity, I try to make a game about of my complaints and sarcasm. I try to express my complaints creatively through things like angry haiku, or violent stick figure cartoons! Maybe this will help take the bitter lemon out of this process?

Jun. 9th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I gave up Forums and all the arguing within it. Too much negativity in my life and it was infecting me. That helped a good bit. If I have to be invisible to keep my sanity, then invisible I shall be.
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
*hug* Oh man, you don't know how familiar that one is. It's really scary for me because when I was growing up, my Dad was always this constantly pissy, envious, angry, depressive person, and I'd rather kill myself than wind up as my father.
Jun. 10th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I think it's a looong road to get there, but I don't want to take that road at all if I can avoid it! One thing that's really helped is trying not to badmouth people. That's helped with a lot of the more pointless negativity, but not with the patience.
Jun. 10th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)

Welcome to the club!
If you ever figure out what to do to fix it, please let me know!

Jun. 10th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Erf. Well, that's good/bad to hear :)
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
As I said elsewhere, you aren't particularly negative around me.
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