We’ve all been there..
So I just wrote the greatest masterpiece of my life. (not really) I’ve probably never written anything that great before and I probably never will again! (sure I will) This is the one that will be considered the new standard in literary greatness! (yeah right)
Wait, what just happened… where did it go? What did I do? It was just here.. PLEASE tell me I saved it.. WHAT? I didn’t? I always do! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
It’s gone.. I got in the zone and didn’t save as I went.. How could this happen.. I spent almost an hour on this! I can’t do this again. I’M SO *%&#$@ MAD NOW!!!
First I was angry that all my work disappeared.
Second I got mad at myself for not saving my work. I even almost cried.
I was angry and resentful at my computer. Then at myself again. I called myself stupid and a lot of other names that I won’t repeat here.
In the past this would’ve ruined my whole day. Maybe even my whole week, but ever since I’ve been practicing gratitude, mindfulness, and deep breathing, and a spiritual program of recovery, I now have the tools to be able to let it go and learn from the experience.
I remembered something a dear friend of mine told me one time when I was going on and on feeling bad about myself and calling myself names. She said to me, “I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t talk to my friend like that.” Her friend was me! I understood what she was saying and every time I start getting in that self deprecating mode I remember what she said to me.
Then I paused and thought about what had just happened and what I could learn from it.
Then I was grateful that I had that learning opportunity, one that will never need to be repeated.
I will sleep well tonight and not go to bed angry or hating myself. I am human. I made a mistake. No one died and the world didn’t end.
By practicing appreciation and gratitude for what I do have my mood quickly changed and I have re-centered myself.
It takes a lot of work but it gets easier with time and practice.