There’s a mermaid who swims laps in the local rec center. I see her some mornings when Stephan and I sit in the hot tub. I’ve never felt the need to engage her in conversation, to ask her name, or compliment the green of her tail. I just appreciate her presence, the little boost of magic it gives to the rest of the day.
I feel the same way about our morning visits to the rec center’s gym. Or, more precisely, I feel that way after our visits. Getting there is a struggle: the cold, the morning, the constant reminder of things to be done, they all work against me making the trip. Stephan goes most days, taking Ben along so he can take advantage of the free childcare on site. When I do make it, though, I am always happy that I did.
We have a week to go until Wizard World’s Fan Fest. It’s our proof of concept convention: where we will peddle our wares to a larger audience than before. We’re excited and nervous and scrambling to take care of the final details. In all the hustle and the bustle it would be easy to loose sight of why we are doing this. I’ve been there before, so wrapped up in getting to the convention that self-doubt gains a foothold when I’m not looking. The next thing I know I’m heading to the event convinced I’m going to fail. It’s a mindset that not only undermines my ability to sell, but it makes me miserable the entire time.
To combat those negative thoughts and feelings I’ve adopted a new strategy: Operation Overflow. The idea is it fill our lives with so much joy and positivity there’s no room for negativity to flourish. I have made an effort to concentrate on what is going right in our lives, to keep the house lit with candles and clean and good smelling, to feed us food that is good and warm.
It takes a concentrated effort to remain positive, while also working to get ready. It’s an effort that has paid off so far. The atmosphere in our home has been relaxed and happy. We’re looking forward to the event, rather than dreading the looming deadline. Even facing uncertainty as to whether this plan will work or not, our confidence has grown.
Over the next couple of days, should I lose that positive state of mind, I’ll head over to the rec center and watch the mermaid swim.