Saturday, December 11, 2010

How To Delete Drama From Your Life (Continued)

Continued from previous post...

6. Burn your television. How many hours did you watch last week?
I don't really agree with this one because it misses the point. TV isn't evil; it's just a time-waster. You could say that about any leisure activity—watching movies, playing video games, surfing the internet. The message to take away from this one is about getting your priorities straight, not how bad TV supposedly is. And this is coming from someone who pretty much doesn't watch any TV at all. (I do, however, watch movies on NetFlix.)

7. Create a network of healing. What are the characteristics of the most supportive possible environment you can think of?
Totally agreeing with the quote "In order to remove drama from your life, you have to remove those that thrive on it." I've made it a matter of policy in recent years to avoid the dramamongers who thrive on lulz.

8. Enlist your inner governor. Are you treating each experience you experience as a test of what you believe?
I am still perfecting the art of treating things like a six hour lecture on the Lifecycle of Highway Signage, but at this juncture it's safe to say I get a lot less bent out of shape about things than my critics do.

9. Reinvest your misfortune. What would you have to learn from this mistake to make it no longer a mistake?
Adopt, adapt, and improve. I'm all about being flexible and learning from my mistakes.


How To Delete Drama From Your Life

Scott Ginsberg has an entry on his blog on How To Delete Drama From Your Life, which is good reading, and (mostly) good advice on how to delete drama. Because drama is stupid and who needs it, y'know?

1. When it doubt, write it out. How do you let all of your noises out?
Indeed, letting idiots control what you say and bottling it all up inside is a Bad Thing. I let my noises out in this blog, which I know pretty much nobody reads.

2. Impose your own order on chaos. Do you refuse to be conquered?
My mantra though troubled times is Mom's advice, "This too shall pass." I'm always looking for the silver lining.

3. There are no emergencies. Have you deleted these clowns from your life yet?
Pretty much this. In recent years I've made it a point to distance myself from the Big Drama crowd and those who thrive on it.

4. Intentionally step out of the current. How do you talk to yourself when you experience stress?
I already walk away from drama and drop out of arguments so often that the dramamongers have coined a term for it: "Pulling a Xydexx." I try to avoid arguing with idiots on the internet and go ride my weirdo bike around. There's always room for improvement, though. Some things really aren't worth the energy.

5. Self-importance is self-delusion. What illusions of self-importance are you ready to delete?
Not applicable. My life doesn't revolve around one crisis after another. There's work to be done, and I do it well. The kudos and recommendations I get speak for themselves.

(To be continued... taking a break to watch The Office with Rigel.)