Lining up is a weekly feature for summer where I make a concerted effort to try to build up the people around me. I invite you all to join along!
You guys, this week, I'll be honest. It's tough. It's a work in progress. It's more of a goal than an accomplishment.
This weekend, I'm going camping with my family. I would say 90% of the time, I love my family. Actually, I love my family 100% of the time, but there is that 10% of the time when it takes work. And while I'm extremely close to my sister, being that close also means being able to irritate each other with a single comment - intentional or not.
I've been able to be less rude to coworkers (even going as far as complimenting two of them... on the same day, and don't worry, I meant it too!), and I'm finding I'm enjoying work a lot more. I don't just enjoy interacting with coworkers more, but it's flowing through into my actual work. Tasks that were a bore are more bearable. It's been really great.
Of course, there is always a "but"... I'm finding the work environment much more pleasant BUT I'm more aware of how easily my sister and I can tear each other down. She was at my apartment for less than 45 minutes the other night, and after she left, I stewed for a good couple hours over a couple comments she made. Were they said to intentionally irritate me, or was I just interpreting them wrong? I know she has my back if it came down to it, but it didn't feel like it in that moment.
I think I told Scott "You know, it really wouldn't kill us to be nice to each other once and a while" and while we likely are nice, you know, once and a while, I realized if there is going to be change, it has to start with me.
So this week, I'm going to line up beside my sister. I'm going to try my best all weekend to let only positive words leave my mouth and not dwell on the comments that will drive me crazy.
Wish me luck!