Everyone has that list of big things they hope to accomplish: landing their dream job, finding the perfect mate (not a perfect person, just perfect for them, of course), living in a nice space, etc. That’s all well and good, and everyone should strive for those things. I’m lucky to have a job I enjoy and a significant other I love very much…so now I just need to work on finding my dream home. That may take some time, but it will be worth the wait.
Since I’ve got some of those big things covered, I try to focus on the little victories. And when I say little, I mean little. Things like:
- Making it through an entire week without realizing I forgot to buy something at the grocery store
- Peeling an orange with the peel all in one piece
- Finding a nice dress at the thrift store that needs little to no fixing up
- Putting on nail polish and getting through a few days before it starts chipping
Those sorts of things just make my day. Perhaps that makes me simple, but I prefer to think of those things as reasons why you can almost always be optimistic. So there.
My little victory yesterday was pretty awesome. It featured a long time-commitment, and required me to not lose something I lose all the darn time: my chapstick.
Yes, friends, I managed to (for the first time in living memory) finish a chapstick* without losing it, melting it in the dryer, or it getting so old that I didn’t want to use it anymore.
As I threw out the now-empty plastic tube, I felt a sense of accomplishment, no matter how silly or small. Little victories!
Now, on to my next goal: finishing a three pack the same way. I don’t think it’s ever been done before in the history of mankind, but I’m willing to try. Anyone care to take a chapstick challenge with me?
*Ok, I guess it’s supposed to be called lip balm or something. I never call tissues “Kleenex”, but I’ll admit it, I say bandaids and chapstick. The crazy thing is, it isn’t even due to brand loyalty! My go-to for chapstick is usually Blistex! Oh well, can’t break the habit now…