For the last few years I have been taking a moment to focus on something really small and really good every day. Yesterday this photo was taken during one of these moments.
It’s more than just gratitude. Acknowledging the good stuff, however minor, and being thankful is an energy changer. A mindset shifter.
In 2012 hubby and I decided it made sense for me to leave Corporate HR and Training communications behind. It was the right decision but the shift in routine and a series of illnesses threw me for a loop. Anything like that ever happen to you? I was accustomed to feeling great and serving others and feeling relatively happy, then suddenly it was all gone. Even though I was busy concentrating on getting well, it was almost unbearable. I had to think of something. Scaling back from trying to find my perfect life and instead working to embrace the present was a much better choice.
A little later I started keeping a list of 5 things each day that I loved or experienced or appreciated or enjoyed. The rule I set was I couldn’t make the list in advance (I cheated a few times) and I would take 1 minute to just reflect on each of the 5 things. Guess what? It was magical.
I put the list on my original blog with the goal of recording 3000 positive memories and experiences. I invited others to participate. It was beautiful how a few moments spent mining for gratefulness changed me and those around me. That’s why I always hashtag “focus and take time”.
Daily we simply cannot “overcome” all the difficult people and encounters or inner feelings we meet. But we can use the law of substitution to shrink the present negative circumstances. Just by creating this simple practice and teaching others how to do it got my is shift in gear. 5 little thoughts are amazing when you want to quickly move the energy in an otherwise negative room. Or yourself.
Mining yesterday was easy. I took off my consultant hat and put down the laptop and toured a historic factory in upstate New York with my family. I found so many but here are just 5:
Construction workers waving hello
Huge red-orange Flowers
Meeting Matilde from France
Groundhogs in the garden
Ice cream sandwiches by the fire truck
Try this. Focus and take time. Challenge your employees and teams and kids and spouse and self. Who knows what might make tomorrow’s list?
We pass treasures every single day. Be determined to see them.
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