ROLL with it

R = Respect
O = Open mind
L = Listening
L = Learning


I have a horrible memory. I can’t remember names, can’t remember dates, can’t remember what I had for lunch today. I like to read books about how to keep a positive mindset, how to think positive thoughts, what to do when I face negative people or situations, but I can’t remember any of it when I need to.

I was thinking one day if I had an easy way to remember, I wouldn’t let these kind of negative encounters affect me — they would go in one ear and out the other, roll off me like water on a duck’s back. I’d be able to roll with the changes, take whatever came my way, positive or negative and not be so reactionary.

I started thinking about the word ‘roll’ and how rolling made everything easier…faster…more fun. R could stand for ‘Respect’: respect for myself and respect for others. O could stand for keeping an ‘Open mind’. L could stand for ‘Listening’ instead of assuming. L could also stand for ‘Learning’- learning to see things in different ways.

So I’m going to ROLL on out of here now. I hope I’ll be able to remember what it all stands for the next time I come across someone or something negative.