#resound11 – prompt: virtues

What good have you done in 2011? Where do you really shine? What have you done that makes you proud of yourself?

I guess I’m an arrogant you-know-what. Maybe that should have been one of my vices. If I had to pick a few specific ones in 2011, I think I’d go this route.

Letting Go
I’ve been able to let go of more things than I had in the past, both mentally and physically. There have been times over the last year where I’ve had my feelings hurt at work, at home, with friends or family, or at the bowling alley when the 10 pin just won’t ever fall. In the past, man, I would dwell on those things something fierce. Not healthy, y’all. Something I learned in therapy a couple of years ago involves putting thoughts on a conveyor belt and just letting them go on by. You can’t slow that conveyor belt down, stop it or even speed it up. You deal with the thought or the hurt and then it’s gone. Super helpful. And also, a lot of times when people are crabby or rude, it’s really not my problem. That’s a mantra I’ve been in love with for a while now.

We’ve also been decluttering all year. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a hoarder. I will say I have kept a lot of things in the past that TOTALLY WERE NOT NECESSARY. And I’m not even talking about a large plastic tote full of Chicago Bulls memorabilia. Needless to say, next time we move, there will be crazy fewer t-shirts and plastic tubs to move. Holding on to memories is much easier on the back than hanging onto all that physical nonsense.

Cooking
I don’t necessarily shine on this one, but I am certainly proud of myself. I’ve been trying things I’ve never done before, and while there have been plenty o’ questions for The General, for the most part, I’m realizing I kind of enjoy throwing together dinner. I’m up to being solely responsible for dinner once a night. That’s a big deal for someone whose primary staple was Chef Boyardee just over 4 years ago.

Losing Weight
I’ve been able to finally lose weight. I’m so proud of that. The lack of Chef Boyardee has probably helped that.