At this point, we have probably all had the overplayed songs of Taylor Swift and Frozen stuck in our heads for hours, if not days on end. They have a good message, “Shake It Off,” and “Let It Go,” are both not only quirky lyrical jams, but they are also important words to live by.
The thing is, there are going to be millions of things in our lifetimes (realistically more like gazillions) that drive us crazy, tick us off or for one reason or another just add a lot of weight to our shoulders. It’s not always easy to shake it off, let it go, or just drop it. Somethings really crawl under our skin.
On Friday, I had a co-worker (who was out of the office) whose customer was mistreating me, for the simple reason she felt if she insulted me and raised her voice, I would be more willing to drop everything else I was working on with my own client projects and help her with what she was doing.
I’m not sure there is anyone out there who enjoys being yelled at, but I take a lot of pride in not only what I do, but the level of customer service I extend to my clients. I try to help people as quickly and professionally as possible, and when someone is yelling hurtful things through the phone at you, it really gets to me. Well, I did end up helping the woman, but I wasn’t super thrilled about it and by the time I got home on Friday, I was ready to pour myself an Olivia Pope sized glass of wine to wash away my woes.
Then I came across the above quote and realized anything the person said to me was only affecting me because I was letting it, when really it only made me feel worse to just hold onto the negativity. Really, I just needed to drop it and move on. For whatever reason, these words by Jacqueline Gentry, gave me permission to just accept that this issue was dealt with, and I didn’t need to be carry it around, I could just drop it and move on.
Let me tell ya, I had still had that glass of wine of Friday night, but I felt so much better! When was the last time that you were feeling bogged down with something and holding onto it for no good reason? Next time, see if you can give yourself permission to stop carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. I hope this works for you as well as it worked for me on Friday.
Here’s to a week full of weightlessness!