The last two days I got what I needed to turn my attitude around sunshine and fresh air. I had two days off from work and since the weather was finally amazing I decided to actually be productive on my day off and help with yard work. Even though it was work it was actually really nice. Not to say tomorrow I might be thinking differently when I can't move my arms.
It is not that I have a desk job but I'm not extremely physical. I have some lovely blisters on my hands, nothing like battle scars to prove you did something. I think it was the first time I have shoveled that much dirt. My favorite part of the day was my parent's yorkie insisted on riding on the wheel barrow of dirt. The one thing I enjoy about physical labor is seeing results immediately.
I also used the time to do some reading. I thought it would be a good time to finally read "Stand Out" by Marcus Buckingham given the recent events at work. Marcus Buckingham was one of the author's of "Strength Finders" and has written an additional book with a new strengths assessment. I love assessments, especially when the results give you a clear understanding of how to improve and understand yourself.
The assessment gives you two of nine strength results. There is then a chapter on each of the strengths, explaining them as well as how to use the strengths in our lives. My strengths came up as provider and stimulator. It was interesting to read about both of these strengths and use that information to better understand how to work through the issues at work. The assessment also comes with a profile on their website that will provide articles tailored to my strengths.
I am thankful that I am in a better frame of mind and optimistic.