In reading this interesting article by Martha Beck on nipping the irritation found by trying to help those who constantly complain, another thought occurred to me.
Maybe like the time I wrote down everything I ate when I was trying to figure out how to balance my diet, perhaps I should write down the things I say or even think so that I can figure out if I am hurting myself with my own thoughts – as in, inhibiting my progress toward my goals or just plain thinking about myself too much.
Not only should I record my thoughts, I should also record to whom I say my thoughts! I say this because I have tried to complain twice about the guy from the heating and air company to my co-worker. Why do I need to share in the first place, plus, why would I want to burden her twice? How rude of me! She is very good-natured and puts up with me and my need to express my concerns. Fortunately she shared similar thoughts with me from time to time, but i do worry that maybe I am sharing, you know, a little too much.
Anyway, time to turn outward, I think!