41 Pennies and Counting

September 3, 2007 at 9:23 am 2 comments

No matter what the outcome, this is definitely changing my life.  I’m now slowing down my reactions to things that upset me.  By slowing down I think my reaction through a bit better and more rationally.

The main goal here has been to rid myself of cursing in 30 days.  But after just a few days I realize that there are many more benefits.

First of all let me admit, I’m still cursing.  There was no miraculous, earth-shattering event that made me stop cold turkey at midnight September 1.  I can say I’m more aware of it and I think that has led me, in just two days, to improve in other ways that I hadn’t thought of.

Okay, he conscious attempt to not curse is now slowing down my overly quick and volatile reactions to things that upset me.  Whether it’s a driver on the road or a co-worker or even the kids, I’m now delaying my reaction in order to better find way to express myself…without just flying into the typical foul-mouthed tirade.  Slow down, think a second and then react.  Of course I’m not a professional at this yet, so it’s still taking some practice.

Also, I think the trying not to curse and the slowing down is giving me a chance to better express myself with words.  Again it’s not the usually quick tempered expletive.  It’s avoiding the potty mouth for a better word or even a “fiddle faddle”.  Honestly, how mad can you stay once you’ve heard yourself udder that word.  You make yourself chuckle and the anger moment passes.  

Finally, by trying to hold my tongue…or redirect it…I find myself listening to others more.  In doing so I realize we curse a lot.  When you are a full-fledge curser, you don’t realize how much others are cursing because it’s all part of the conversation.  When you stop and try to improve yourself though, you start to hear every curse word everyone tosses out.  It’s amazing, like take out the earplugs or removing a filter.  Now, you don’t want to start pointing out to everyone just yet that they curse a lot…not smart.  Work on yourself first and then maybe easy others into your line of thinking.

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Yoga, sweet yoga. (jodi’s 30 day…) It’s Wednesday 9/5 and there are now 44 pennies in the jar.

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  • 1. mrsmm2  |  September 4, 2007 at 7:09 am

    Sam, I think what you are attempting is awesome. Way to go!

    Reply
  • 2. ljoys  |  September 24, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Sam,
    I disagree about using curse words are a sign of ignorance.
    My father told my fatherinlaw once when asked why he doesn’t use curse words. Beside becoming a Christian in his young adult years, He said its was just a bad habit and you didn’t have to have that bad habit. I tried that bad habit when a young adult “just to be cool” and always felt disgusted with myself, Now I just get turned off from someone that uses curse words even if angry.
    You really don’t have to use them to be taken seriously, When my husband uses them for the same reason I just shut him out.
    Lisa

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