Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A New Way of Thinking

Lately, I've been doing a great deal of introspecting, you know, thinking deeply about my life. In my way of thinking, I put myself in a box, so to speak. I have this systematic way of doing things based on my upbringing, of course.

I have come to the conclusion, we often make decisions in our lives that are based on things/ideas that have been taught to us as children or young adults. By middle age, we find ourselves doing that same "taught" behavior or that same "taught" method of thinking. It's almost as if, these teachings "expire" in our lives and we have to make adjustments. The problem is, how do we become aware of the expiration of the teachings?

I found myself depressed and sometimes frustrated when the "system" began to fall apart. I began to become flexible in my thinking. Basically, it is a generational thing. As my kids have grown up, I have had to adjust my thinking to thier generation (in some things). There is such a difference in the times even from my oldest child to my youngest child (7 years apart).

With my own thinking, that has been molded/trained by my grandmother and auntie, I find that I still must learn to be flexible because times have changed. I shared with a fellow blogger how my grandmother once told me to "Never cut your hair." She didn't scold me when she said it. It was very casual. However, that was "her" opinion based on an old belief from "her" generation. My aunt (my mom's sister), taught me to be quite frugal with money. I learned not to buy anything that wasn't absolutely necessary.

As with my fellow bloger, I am learning to change my way of thinking. I am giving myself "permission" to do things differently. We can build up thoughts & emotions that are totally irrational and can even cause us fear.

In my effort to change this, I have been carefully re-evaluating my budget. So, over the past few weeks, I have managed to purchase a few things I have been wanting for "years". I put an antique trunk on lay-a-way (it was delivered 2 days ago), I finally bought drapes for my living/dining room, and I purchased a play kitchen for the daycare. I am soooo excited and happy! None of these are "necessities". I simply enjoy them!

4 comments:

Slamdunk said...

Glad to hear about your happiness. It is interesting how little changes in our life can return such big results.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Merry Christmas, dear friend!!! Just wanted to send you my love on this Christmas eve!! ~Janine xo

Linda and her Twaddle said...

Hi Presious. Glad to hear that small changes are making big changes for you.

I love the trunk. And the drapes. Photos are great.

Hope you are feeling better.

Have a lovely Christmas with your family and a very positive New Year. Much love from Linda.

presious said...

Slamdunk,

Isn't cool?! This was a total accident. I was looking for curtains for my bedroom because of the brightness of my windows. lol

Sniffles,

Thanks for visiting. Much love to you! Hope all is well with you!

Linda,

Thank you once again. I really can relate to some of what you go through. The trunk was a treat to myself. I've been wanting one for years! :-)