List the things you should ignore:
- I should ignore gossip. I try. I rarely generate it…but I love hearing it. Not mean gossip, just the news. “What’s the scoop?” I’ll ask, “Give me the dish!”
- I should ignore anything negative that is said about me. It doesn’t define me; it’s only an opinion. Instead, I dwell on it. I get defensive. My feelings get hurt. I get depressed and angry. It is probably unrealistic to expect everyone to think I am wonderful all the time…but, honestly, that’s what I’d like.
- I should ignore the worries (oh, God, I wish I could!) that wake me up at two in the morning and keep me from falling back to sleep.
- I should ignore the criticism I pile on myself. Really, I’m not so bad. I have tendencies toward sloppiness, laziness and procrastination; I spoil the little dog; I continue with the carbs in my diet; I’m always late for work. It’s not the end of the world. I could go easier on myself.
- I should ignore many of the little aches and pains that send me off into the depths of hypochondria. Self-diagnosis is not my strong suit. I have not yet, in my life, had a heart-attack, stroke, or even so much as an ulcer…though I’ve supposed I was suffering from one or the other of those ailments many times.
- I should ignore the feelings, after a hard day, that tell me a purchase will make me feel better. Sometimes it’s as simple as a chocolate bar. Sometimes it’s an on-line purchase of new art supplies, books or shoes. Sometimes it works! Still, I’d be better off ignoring it.
This is a short list, though I’ve pondered it for a week. Generally, I think it’s best to go through this world with eyes wide open. There are very few things that I want to ignore.