I just received yet another email reminder that it is time to change my ONYEN password again. I don’t know about you, but trying to remember all of my passwords and access codes can be challenging, especially when I am regularly required to change one I use ALL the time. Every time I change my ONYEN password, it takes me a few days to get used to the new one.
At one point about a year ago, I became very frustrated with the requirement to change my ONYEN password along with my inability to come up with something I could remember. That day, my new passcode included the phrase “Ihatethis” along with the obligatory numbers and symbols. The moment I changed it, I felt really good about the decision – even a little bit vindicated, like I had somehow won over the technology.
What I quickly learned is that typing “Ihatethis” multiple times every single day became a problem for me. It reminded me of the negative feelings I had when I changed my password! Part of emotional health includes optimism and the ability to experience and cope with feelings independently and interpersonally. When I created that password, I wasn’t coping with my feelings well – I instead channeled them into a simple task which actually impacted me every day.
Needless to say, I changed my ONYEN password again before I received the 90 day reminder from ITS.
Today, I am looking at the opportunity to change my password as a small thing I can do to build more positivity and happiness into my life. I can choose to make this a password which brightens my day every time I enter it.
What words, symbols, phrases, or ideas bring you happiness? Without getting a password that is too predictable like “sunshine”, how can you make positivity part of your ONYEN password?