By the time I got to work, I wanted to kill everyone. Even nice friendly people.
So. Drastic measures were required: an Outlook task reminder that popped up at 9:30 a.m. with nothing more but the subject:
Patience. Deep Breaths. Self-Awareness.And then I changed the reminder for a half-hour later. And at 10 I refreshed it for a half-hour later. And I did this until 6 p.m.
I'll tell you that every time I saw that reminder in my browser, I realized that I needed a deep breath to clear my chest, and that my mouth had been turned in a frown....because I could feel the change when I forced myself to smile each time.
You know. The day went OK in the end. I'm wondering if I should just leave this reminder on indefinitely.
Update 2/23/12, 12:30 p.m.: Still refreshing yesterday's Outlook reminder on the half-hour. Still taking extra deep breaths. Day progressing smoothly, despite previous late night drinking Maker's Mark and catching up with Justin at Alibi and upon returning home, eating a full pan of pasta and black beans before bed. Verdict: Still thumbs-up.