Day 11 - Making Progress
As we end the 2nd week of this experiment I’ve already started to notice some changes in my general demeanor (the Giants winning the Super Bowl certainly helped with that, as well). In the few circumstances where I’ve found myself getting unnecessarily angry, stressed, or depressed, I was able to slow down, take a deep breath, and rationalize my way out of it. I’ve also been getting more disciplined as far as getting into a steady work routine, spending less money, and getting back into shape are concerned. It’s amazing how much just exercising again and getting some decent nights’ sleep can improve one’s mood.
The next few weeks will be the real test, though. I’ve got so much to prepare for, I have audition spots at a few comedy clubs in New York, I’m in the March Madness comedy tournament at The Stress Factory here in Jersey, and I have til April 6th to finish about a dozen pieces for my next art show. I’m also hoping to have caught up on my bills and paid off a few debts by then.
Needless to say, it’s going to take a clear head and a lot of discipline to accomplish all this. If I can get through it all without succumbing to the stress and pressure by April, and going on a nice li’l bender to close out March, then I’ll know I’ve truly accomplished something and that this shit might actually work. Until, then DEEP breaths.
In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for all the positive feedback on this thing. It was a little nerve-wracking throwing this out there, but I appreciate the love, kids. I even got a nice e-mail from the ex-wife who, as you could imagine, I have had a rather frosty relationship with the last 2 1/2 years. It managed to both crack me up and warm my heart. The Positive Thinking Experiment: mending fences and building bridges! Who knew?
I’ll leave you with the money quote from that e-mail:
“So I started reading thinking, “Great. Now everyone will know my ex-husband is a lunatic”. But I am totally impressed. You sound (dot, dot, dot) mature. It’s not your usual bullshit. Your writing skills paired with honesty is fantastic. Refreshing. I think this has super potential for you personally and the masses. I found myself wanting to read the next sentence instead of rolling my eyes at the latest, overly-witty, sarcastic, self-deprecating, etc, etc…….”
Great stuff, huh? Now you all know I’m a lunatic. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.