Saturday, January 30, 2010

Call me Pollyanna?!

We watched the Masterpiece Theatre version of Pollyanna last night with the girls and enjoyed every minute. The scenery and costumes were just gorgeous, but the thing I loved the most was the "glad game" Pollyanna taught everyone she knew. The basic premise is to turn around disappointment or discouragement with something about the situation that could be seen as positive.

The glass half full theory. In general I find it pretty easy to be happy and see my daily life as positive, but I'm also very easily overwhelmed by mundane, repetitive tasks. Today I played the "glad game" with myself and powered through some chores I wasn't looking forward to taking on.

My room was a mess. A giant mess. Instead of putting it off another day I said to myself "I'm glad I have such a bright, happy room. It always feels much better in here when it's clean." Within about two hours I'd completely cleaned and rearranged the furniture. Now I have a really sunny place to sit and knit or read. And when that rare luxury presents itself, if it isn't happening as long as I'd like I'll think "I'm glad I have this sunny corner to enjoy...however short my time here may be".

When I walked out of my clean bedroom and found the mess the girls had made in the living room I thought "seriously?! Why can I only keep one room in this house clean at a time?" And then I remembered to think "I'm so glad that at least one room in my house is perfectly clean today."

Call me Pollyanna, but I think being glad is more fun than the alternative, so I'll gladly wear the title if I can manage to keep up the feeling of being glad.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, Heather..I know people read this phrase on blogs again and again.."this is just what I needed"..and I did and do need it.
    I sprained my ankle very severely last Friday and I am still in pain and having a very hard time getting around and just DOING. I need to remember always, that it is a gift to be able to push the vacuum cleaner, wash the clothes and do all of the very mundane things that make up a life of goodness. I suspect (at my age!) that I will have to be careful for a long time, but although I have not seen the film, I will try so very hard to be glad to do the little things with a great deal of thanks and gratitude that I can! Thank you so very much for encouraging me to be thankful for all of the things that I often take for granted. I need to emblazon this on my forehead, look in the mirror each morning and be so grateful.
    Thank you, ellen of the old Growing Gills blog.

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  2. Well, Pollyanna ... I want to be your twin. I need to embrase the glad game and share it with my boys too. We're never to old to start something new ;-)

    Much love,

    Aspiring Pollyanna

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  3. Thanks for posting this. I had a similar day and this helped to remind me that I need to change my attitude!

    PS I posted pics of my girls outfits on my blog...if you're interested.

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  4. I wish I had scene that show! I just loved Pollyanna when I was a kid! Glad to hear the Glad game worked for you! I'll have to give it a try!

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  5. I need to play the glad game more often--it really does change the outlook of my day!

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  6. We just watch Pollyanna too, and I hadn't thought of using the glad game like that but I think I will start, considering I seem to have the same problem with my house:-)

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  7. Oh yes! I also needed this! I have been a bit doom and gloom as of late. It is all for naught - that is one of my favorite things to say when Eeyore is in control of my emotions! So un-Pollyanna. Time to turn that around! :)

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  8. Thanks! Happy rest of your weekend!

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  9. Heather, Kind of off your topic but, I'm hooked on Masterpiece Classics on PBS. It's on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. in my area. I'm going to watch the second part of "Emma" by Jane Austin tonight. "The Diary of Anne Frank" is coming up soon, too.

    FYI if you like those movies, like me.

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