365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 106. Sunday, July 10, 2011
This morning as I was doing yard work in the backyard I became overwhelmed. I was at the point that I was ready to annihilate anything and everything that was green with my weed whacker. I actually considered pulling out the chainsaw and attacking all the plants.
The passion flower vine is very aggressive. And despite the 100 degree temperatures and very dry ground—nothing seems to phase this plant. It’s tangled on all the other plants and bushes. I managed to cut it back down to a manageable condition. But I created a huge mess to clean.
Next I tackled the morning glory vine in my patio. It was growing / covering my two patio chairs. I was at my wits’ end trying to remove this vine. I thought to myself—a zero lot home is the way to go. No hassle or responsibility of a backyard. The vine had twisted itself around the legs of the chairs—it was as strong as a rope.
As I was tugging away at the vine I tried to think of a Dale Carnegie principle that might help me get through this misery.
I considered the fact that I have my health. I am physically capable of doing yard work—I have two working hands two working legs—I am mobile.
I considered the fact that a customer of mine was recently in a head-on car collision. The airbags saved her and her son—but they both have some minor injuries they are recovering from. Despite these hardships this customer is upbeat and positive. This blows my mind.
I considered the fact that I am blessed to have a home that I can afford. I’m not in danger of foreclosure or bankruptcy. I am able to make house payments without worry. In fact my biggest worries at the moment are a couple of geckos and an overgrown backyard in need of some tender loving care. Sounds like a pretty good life after all.
As I was finishing my work I came upon a dragonfly on my magnolia tree. It was very accommodating to wait as I grabbed my camera. I was inches away from it snapping photos. I had a big grin on my face—and remembered why I love my backyard and all the ridiculous variety of plants I keep. My garden—overgrown or not—attracts some wonderful butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds. I just have to be willing to open my eyes and appreciate what I have.
The Dale Carnegie principle I employed in this story is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Count your blessings – not your troubles.
My lesson to you—if you start to feel overwhelmed by the burdens of the day—remind yourself of the ways you are blessed. Run through an inventory of the various blessings—large and small in your life. When you take this approach you gain a more positive perspective and are in a better frame of mind to take on the hassles of the day without complaint.
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