Today I vow to stop fretting over, being pissed about, or worrying about things that I have no control over.

Action Plan:

I don’t know about you, but this is a tough one for me. I guess there’s a part of me that believes that worrying about it will somehow make it possible for me to eventually control it. But, what has all of that fretting done for me so far? It’s made me feel like shit, that’s what it’s done. If we don’t have control over something, we have no business spending our precious time … our precious lives worrying about it.

It’s time to stop making your joys your footnote. I can describe what I mean in this sentence: “My kids are so great, but man, I just can’t stop thinking about how much I wish I could sprout wings and fly.” I know this is hyperbolic, but it brings home the point. We need to pay attention to what is positive in our lives, go ahead and fix the things we can, and then release the rest of that shit!

So, today, spend a few minutes writing a list of things that make you happy. Some days this is a hard list to start, especially when you’re in space when you feel like everything is just crap. So I’ll give you a few examples that are kind of universal to help you:

That feeling when you first get in the shower

The smell after the rain

Wearing stretchy pants

A pencil with a good eraser that doesn’t smudge

Then, write more throughout the day whenever they come to you. And, whenever the fretting starts again, look at your list, feel the gratitude, and let that other shit go.

Spiral level: Pretty Shitty, Meh, Pretty Darn Good

Use when feeling: worried, sad, lethargy, down on self