I opened the trunk of the car to get the shopping bags. None there. What the heck. Oh, yea, they were in the other vehicle.
I reflected on other situations where the object of my desire was somewhere else – usually where I left it myself.
The key for the post box is in my other coat.
I left the letter I intended to mail on the shelf by the door.
After settling into my comfy chair, I realize I left my book I was into, in the other room.
These situations are opportunities to reframe the moment and be grateful.
I have two cars. I have a significant level of control over where I leave things. I have secure mail and a home with my letter secured behind a locked door. I have access to books – the freedom to choose. I am very fortunate, and I try hard not to take these things for granted. Take them away, and I’d notice immediately.
Why do I bother going through life with this approach of reframing to feel grateful? Simple. It works for me. I feel better. My blood pressure stays in the healthy zone. I sleep well at night – most nights. I’m more engaging to be around, or so I’m told.
With New Year’s Eve almost upon us, I like to take some time to reflect on the past year and be grateful for the people, places, and things I have in my life. Together I have a rich life.
When I am aware that I’m edging towards grumbling, I usually take a step back and take another perspective.
I can’t control what happens in much of my life, but I have a high level of influence over how I respond to situations. The influence starts inside my head. I’m a happier person for this.
Please give this a bit of a think. Spend a few moments to identify something that you are grateful for. What would life be like without it? Is there someone you could share this gratitude with?
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