I stumbled upon allnurses during a difficult time in both my personal and professional aspects of my life. It was a time of great negativity and skepticism and depression. One fed the other until I found myself headed in a really frustrating loop. I realized I was also really starting to isolate myself from interacting w/ others...and then I found this bulletin board...and it seems I haven't shut up since! LOL!
I realized today, that little by little, things were starting to turn around for me. Something happened today that hasn't happened in awhile for me - I did something that felt good!
I haven't gotten a promotion...haven't even gotten a new job yet <snort!>...but I did something little that someone appreciated a whole lot.
As you can see from my avatar, I have the world's cutest doggy (OK, so I'm the proud mother of my furbaby...let me gloat!). At 10 pounds he's a furry ball of boundless love, energy and puppy smooches. I noticed that often when I let him out in the backyard our darling little elderly Polish neighbor (whom I affectionately have dubbed "grrrandma"...say it like you're rolling the "R") lavishes him w/ sweet sounding Polish praises (I keep telling her I don't speak Polish, but I nod and smile alot!). The fence is too high for doggy and "grrrandma" is too old to bend over the fence so I picked up the dog so that he could smooch her and she could pet him and lavish all the Polish "you're such a cutesy-wootsy witty-bitty doggy" stuff on him. She pauses briefly then to chat about the weather and the other neighbors (OK, so I understand bits and pieces!) then continues petting the doggy. This usually carries on for several minutes, at least every few days.
Several months ago, I probably would have found it irritating. Several months ago I was in such a negative state of mind that I wouldn't have even bothered even saying hello to our neighbor. But I've realized: it doesn't really take any effort, and though it may sound hoaky to some (especially if you dislike dogs or little old Polish "grrrandmas") but the smile on this older ladies face is just priceless after one of these little "therapy sessions." And I'm realizing that she's not the only one getting something therapeutic from it...
Sorry for the "verbal diarrhea" but just wanted to share what made me feel good today.
Oh yeah, I also cleaned the dust-bunnies out from under the bed!
What did you do today that made you feel good?