“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
Did you ever have one of “those days?” You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, stub your toe, trip over the cat and get stuck in traffic. Ugh. We’ve all heard that what we concentrate on expands, and when we are having “a day” we spend a lot of energy thinking about exactly those things that we don’t want in our lives. What if, instead, you knew how to turn it around and look for the good?
Here’s how it works…
You woke up on the wrong side of the bed – isn’t it nice that you have a comfortable, warm bed to wake up in? Lots of people don’t. You stub your toe – that’s a pretty good indication that you have feet, and having feet you can walk on is a good thing. You trip over the cat – give it some extra love and it will forgive you. Stuck in traffic? You have a car, you’re going too slow to get into a bad accident, and sooner or later you are going to arrive at your destination. When we take a deep breath and consider all the good that we have in our lives, the positive will ALWAYS outnumber the negative.
Here’s a great technique to help you emphasize the positives in your day. Get a glass jar, a bag of blue marbles and a bag of black marbles. Every time something good happens to you during the day put a blue marble in the jar. When something bad happens, put in a black marble. You will always have more blue marbles than black marbles – guaranteed. Let’s make it a habit to count our blessings; we all have more than we know, and when we pay attention to that good, we will attract more of it.
PS – I’ll bet you have more blue marbles ANY day!