I’m still doing fairly well with this with only one slip-up in the past three days. For the most part, the curse words aren’t usually even coming into my mind as I try to keep my cool and come up with other (tamer) phrases to express my feelings.
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I’m getting much better at not swearing. I’ve come up with some substitutes for things I don’t want to say anymore. Sometimes I just stop myself midsentence before I swear and that seems to work, too. I’ll need to keep up on this so I don’t revert back to old habits.
I have slipped up once today but that’s still a big improvement. I’ll keep on working on it.
I started working on this goal yesterday and have begun tapering off of swearing by trying to catch myself and stop myself before those words come flying out of my mouth. I figure there are basically two areas that I need to focus on:
1. Find “clean”, socially acceptable substitutes for the curse words I want to stop using.
2. Learn not to let people/situations get me so upset.
For starters, instead of saying that something hurts like h*, I will say it hurts like nobody’s business. I’m still working on a clean substitute for WTF??? but that will take a little more time. I want to use something that expresses the same incredulous feeling but that does not obviously sound like a substitute for that phrase. I really want to stop saying that because it is such an ugly thing to say.
I didn’t curse/swear when I was growing up. I tried it for a few days when I was 19 and decided that it wasn’t adding anything useful to my communication and promptly quit. I was careful not to swear when my sons were growing up so as not to be a bad role model in that respect.
Some crappy things have happened in my life in the meantime and even though I love my job, there are some people at work and elsewhere who can really pluck my last nerve. So, now I find myself swearing like a sailor at times. (Sorry sailors, but I was a sailor at one time and know this from experience.) Anyway, I don’t like at all that I swear and really would prefer to once again be someone who doesn’t swear. Now I need to make that happen.
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