“Feelin’ Groovy”

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When I saw Hank in this hat I was reminded of a great song by Simon and Garfunkel titled “Feelin’ Groovy.” Part of the lyric is “Slow down, you movin’ too fast, you gotta make the morning last.  Just kickin’ down the cobblestones.  Lookin’ for fun and feelin’ groovy.”

As I consider myself and the personal growth that I have attained over the years I feel a sense of satisfaction.  There are characteristics in my personality that I have cultivated and grown to feel good about.  But there are some areas of me that I still find challenging.  One of them is disciplining myself to be patient with others when I am in a hurry.

I can accept that when one has a busy life there will be times when hurrying is going to be part of the picture.  But the part of hurrying that I am not overly excited about is how I feel when there is a person on the other side of it.

I am someone who doesn’t much care for the feeling that I get if I have hurt someone or made them uncomfortable, or even if I perceive that I have.  Because of this, and because I know that it’s the right thing to do, I have worked hard to try to be kind to others when I am rushing.  When I am flying out the door but have to have a conversation with one of Hank’s care givers, for example, I try my best to be as calm and focused as I can be.  When I am in a grocery store line that is long and I have to be somewhere about ten minutes ago, I do my best to just breathe.  I try to stay present and say to myself “how important is it?”  But even though I am exhibiting behavior that is positive there are still times when it is taking every ounce of my self control to do so.

I’m always grateful of course when I practice this discipline.  Not only do I feel better than if I hadn’t, those around me most certainly do as well. When I decide not to let the world know just how much I need for it to pick up it’s pace I feel much better about myself.   I find that I can look back on my actions without regret. And sometimes I even WANT to act like a patient, untroubled being who’s not in a hurry even when I am. This is really progress.

So I’ll try not to be too hard on myself for the times that I have to ‘act as if,’ or for the times when I don’t even make it that far.  On a scale of one to ten I figure I’ve come up to about a 7 or so.  That’s not so bad.  In fact it’s kinda groovy!

Maureenandhank

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Debbie April 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

always a work in progress that is me

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Maureen April 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thank heavens at least for forward motion right Debbie? 🙂

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Maureen Quigley May 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hi…I will see what I can do. 🙂

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