No, don’t go getting all excited that you can get into my bank account because that’s not the case. However today I wanted to share a lesson I learned about how easy it is to change your outlook on life by doing something so simple as changing a changing a password.
One morning I came in for work, I had tons of stuff to do and the computer wouldn’t let me log on. It informed me that it has been a month and I had to change my password. At this point I had already cycled though all my usual stuff so I had to come up with something new that I could remember and easily type several times.
So I tried something. It didn’t work. I tried something else. It didn’t work. As I watched the clock tick and felt the stress mount I got more upset.
“You stupid computer! Why are you doing this today when I have so much work to do???”
Finally after about 20 minutes I typed in FUCK1234 and you know what it worked. I was so relieved to finally get back to work that I didn’t think much about it.
The following day when I came in and went to log on it took me a second to remember. “Oh yeah, I changed my password”. I giggled a little at the thought of how that one moment where I was upset and stressed was now encapsulated in my password. Every day that month as I retyped the password reminded me of that moment. At first it was a little funny, but then it became kind of sad.
What did that password say about me? I wondered.
So, when the month ended and it was time to change my password again I chose something radically different: happy 123.
It has been about 10 days now and they have been very tumultuous days at that. But it’s amazing how whenever I need to log in and I stop and think about my password as I type it, I smile. I remember that everything is a passing moment and that even when I cannot control a situation I have the power to choose how I react to it. This little reminder is almost like a little “cheer up” the universe is sending me and so far I have actually found it to really make a difference in my mood.
Are there any small things you do to improve your outlook on life? Whether it’s just making the effort to smile at someone, hold a door, or even just to keep negative thoughts and feelings to yourself, every little bit counts and I plan to take this lesson and try to apply it to more aspects of my life. If you have any examples or experiences you would like to share please use the comment section below.